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FYI: Senator Hopeful for Speedy Payment to Retirees

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March 8, 2007 – In Monday's Senate Finance Committee meeting, Senator Louis Patrick Hill questioned the Governor's Financial Team relative to the administration's failure to put in place salary increases and retroactive pay for certain government employees as authorized by legislation last year.
In a back and forth exchange with the officials, Senator Hill indicated he could not accept explanations that government agencies had not complied with regulations necessary to implement the salary increases to retirees, leading Senator Hill to request submission, in writing, of a list of departments which were holding up the process.
Senator Hill said he was gratified to learn in later communication with the officials that within thirty days, arrangements would be in place instituting the raises of employees of those departments which have complied with pertinent regulations; within 45 days, the payment process will be in place for all classified union and non-union employees in accordance with the enabling legislation.
In commenting on the issue, Senator Hill noted he sympathizes with the Administration as it encounters difficulty in implementing the law. "However", he flatly stated, "my sympathy is somewhat watered down when special efforts are not made to secure compliance with the law when salary increases are the issue".

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