La. Governor, elected officials get raises

Published 12:51 am Wednesday, June 27, 2007

BATON ROUGE (AP) — Salaries for the next Louisiana governor and other statewide elected officials who are chosen in this fall’s election should be increased, the House decided Tuesday, giving final legislative passage to another in a series of pay raise bills this session.

The raise would be $35,000 for the governor and $30,000 for the others, under the bill by Rep. Joe Toomy, R-Gretna, which was sent to Gov. Kathleen Blanco, who wouldn’t receive the raise because she’s not running for re-election.

The governor’s salary would rise from $95,000 a year to $130,000. The annual pay for other statewide elected officials — including the lieutenant governor, agriculture and insurance commissioners, treasurer, attorney general and secretary of state — would increase from $85,000 to $115,000 a year.

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The pay raises would take effect Jan. 14, when the new terms of office begin. The salary increase would come out of the officials’ existing budgets.

The last pay raise for statewide elected officials was in 1995, Toomy said.

The House gave final passage to the bill with a 70-27 vote approving Senate changes.

The raises in Toomy’s bill are among a number of salary hikes approved by lawmakers this session.

In a record-setting $29.7 billion budget bill, lawmakers agreed to $440 million in pay raises: salary increases for state employees, public school teachers, school support workers, college professors, police officers, prison guards, firefighters and state troopers.

The raises include $1,000 a year for school support workers, $1,500 for most state government employees, $1,500 for local police and firefighters, $2,375 for school teachers, $4,300 for state troopers and $6,000 for prison guards.

Lawmakers also have given final approval to bills that would raise pay for assistant district attorneys, registrars of voters, election day poll workers and local tax assessors.