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Tue December 10, 2013
Oklahoma House Speaker OKs Hefty Raises For Staff
While Gov. Mary Fallin and legislative leaders waited for the completion of an independent study on state employee pay, House Speaker T.W. Shannon approved more than a quarter of a million dollars in annual pay increases for his staff.
Figures released by House officials on Monday show about half of the 117 full-time House employees received raises totaling more than $280,000. The pay hikes for 52 House employees ranged from about 2 percent for a housekeeper to more than 30 percent for three staff attorneys.
The salary figures initially were requested by the Tulsa World.
Pay hikes for most state workers have been delayed while a $200,000 study was being conducted on employee compensation.
Shannon spokesman Joe Griffin said the increases resulted from a separate House study.