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Pence: State ‘circumstances’ prevent employee raises; some to get bonuses



Staff report

INDIANAPOLIS – State employees won’t get raises next year but could instead receive one-time bonuses of $500 to $1,000 if they do well enough on performance evaluations to be completed next month.

In an email, Gov. Mike Pence told employees Friday that the state’s “present circumstances do not permit us to increase base pay.”

Through the first five months of the current fiscal year, tax receipts missed the previous forecast by $114 million. That’s led Pence to order cuts for universities and state agencies and put a state plan up for sale.

Also on Friday, a forecast team predicted that state revenues through Fiscal Year 2015 will be less than lawmakers anticipated when they wrote the current, two-year budget. However, the state is still projected to end the current budget cycle with nearly $1.9 billion in the bank.

Lawmakers had included money in the current state budget for Pence to give raises but he opted instead for the one-time payments, which won’t tie the state to higher personnel costs in the future.

Employees whose evaluations find they meet expectations will receive a $500 bonus. Those who exceed expectations will receive $750 and those rated outstanding will receive $1,000.

“I hope this news will be an encouragement to you for a job well done in 2013,” Pence said in his email.


10 Responses to Pence: State ‘circumstances’ prevent employee raises; some to get bonuses

  1. KnowNothing Reply

    December 22, 2013 at 11:23 am

    And he wants to further cut taxes? Is this man living in reality?

    • Regulator Reply

      December 23, 2013 at 3:48 pm


  2. The Ghost of Tom Joad Reply

    December 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Will you take a pay cut, governor? Eh, you’d just make it back in good ole boy kickbacks.

  3. Armstrongres Reply

    December 22, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    Please apply this concept to “all” elected and appointed positions first, before doing it to the grunts! See if those elected and appointed like the divide and conquered

  4. tommyromo Reply

    December 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    taxes are the greatest destruction of the middle class and the greatest destruction of job growth………….with out a ……..doubt………

    • The Ghost of Tom Joad Reply

      December 22, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      Your voodoo economics has failed time and again.

      • midnightrambler Reply

        December 24, 2013 at 8:14 am

        obamanomics is the biggest failure of all time. Big tommyromo is correct………….with out a ……..doubt………

  5. al sharpie Reply

    December 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    wes got to votes thems teapartys outs dem tonyromos are crazy

    • The Ghost of Tom Joad Reply

      December 25, 2013 at 7:28 am

      Racist piece of trash.

  6. tommyromo Reply

    December 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    for once we agree tom toad………..

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