Why Louisiana Taxpayers Need to Pay More

State Police Col. Edmonson lands hefty 32 percent raise, along with several other top officials

BY MAYA LAU | mlau@theadvocate.com

State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson, along with at least four of his top deputies and the state fire marshal, quietly obtained hefty raises last month, with some getting as much as a 32 percent pay bump.

Edmonson now makes $43,085 more than he was making prior to Aug. 1, when most of the changes went into effect, according to data provided by State Civil Service spokeswoman Lindsay Ruiz de Chavez. That brings his salary up to $177,436, a 32 percent increase, according to the released figures.

State Fire Marshal Butch Browning, whose office is under the state Department of Public Safety, is now making $137,500, up from $103,950, also a 32 percent raise, the figures show.

Pay increases for the Louisiana State Police came into focus in January 2015, when Edmonson argued for them before the Joint Legislative Committee on the Budget. Edmonson said at that time the proposed increase would target only rank-and-file troopers.

Edmonson said the governor decides on the actual amount he’s paid.

“I’m extremely excited and pleased that the governor has adjusted my salary,” Edmonson said. “I will continue to work extremely hard to protect the greatest assets in Louisiana, our citizens.”

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3 Responses to “Why Louisiana Taxpayers Need to Pay More”

  1. Oldman Says:

    Edmonson got a little over $800.00 a week raise,that’s more than most people make working. Something is wrong.

  2. Anonymous Says:

    Rep Shad says…it’s a matter of revenue, not expenses???

  3. Anonymous Says:

    I thought Rob Shadoin said ” It’s not enough money to go around”?

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