What Happens When Other People’s Money Runs Out?

Louisiana State Police in line for 30 percent pay raise

by mark ballard
mballard@theadvocate.com

Even as state agencies are cutting budgets, Louisiana State Police seeks a 30 percent pay raise for many of its troopers.

“I know it’s not the best time, but when is the right time?” State Police Superintendent Michael Edmonson asked. The hike would bring State Police in line with what other law enforcement officers are paid and was approved before the price of oil dropped by $40 a barrel, requiring a midyear correction in this year’s budget and massive cuts to be proposed for next year’s — including a cut of about $300 million for higher education.

“This isn’t a pay raise that will affect me or the upper echelon,” Edmonson said. It would apply to rank-and-file troopers under the rank of major.

About 1,646 employees will get raises starting Jan. 19, according to documents filed by the State Police asking for approval for the midyear budget change. But first, legislators would have to approve shifting about $14.6 million from a fund that collects the newly increased fines for drivers without up-to-date auto insurance into an account that can be used to pay salaries. The Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget is scheduled to vote Friday on moving the money.

Starting pay with benefits for troopers, if legislators agree to the money shift, will increase about 30 percent from $35,609 to $46,610.

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3 Responses to “What Happens When Other People’s Money Runs Out?”

  1. Cowboy Says:

    “But first, legislators would have to approve shifting about $14.6 million from a fund that collects the newly increased fines for drivers without up-to-date auto insurance into an account that can be used to pay salaries.”

    This is what government has become – a bunch of thieves robbing us at gunpoint when we refuse to voluntarily hike our own taxes for their benefit! Instead of demanding their pay raise come from increased taxes (a fee is still a tax no matter how a politician tries to deny it), how about the law enforcement lobby identify spending cuts the legislature could make to pay for a pay raise? Start getting the little government fiefdoms fighting against each other over the limited amount of OUR money they can get their hands on instead of always working together to force their hands in our pockets? Let the State Police argue that their contribution to society is more valuable than some other government agency’s contribution so that agency is axed to free up taxpayer money for their pay raise!

    We taxpayers are d a m n tired of politicians always reaching for our pockets when they want more – and they ALWAYS want more!

  2. Louisia Jones Says:

    Edmonson REALLY want this raise to go into effect for his troopers so that his illegally obtained retirement benefits won’t look so bad for him. I haven’t forgotten about the charade – have you?

  3. The Oncologist Says:

    VOTE AGAINST ALL TAXES: it is the ONLY control citizens have over big government and those who benefit from it.
    Forget the things which taxes fund, which are necessary, etc. We all know there are some. But there is an overriding problem right now: citizens need to regain control of their government from the career politicians and moochers. They howl to the moon when the money gets cut off (or even reduced).
    Then we’ll see what we need.

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