For Immediate Release
July 10, 2007
Comptroller Susan Combs Gives Go-Ahead for State Employee Pay Raises
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AUSTIN —Comptroller Susan Combs today said the state will have enough money to give state employees promised pay raises during the 2008-09 biennium.
The 80th Legislature authorized a two percent state employee pay raise effective Sept. 1, 2007, and an additional two percent pay raise on Sept. 1, 2008. A separate pay increase was granted to state law enforcement officers. But the wage hikes were contingent upon the Comptroller’s certification that sufficient funds will be available beyond her $82.5 billion 2008-09 Biennial Revenue Estimate.
“I am happy to announce that, based on the state’s revenue performance through June 2007, our current fiscal situation meets the terms set by the Legislature,” Combs said.
State revenues are running higher than expected, particularly sales tax.
“So far, the Texas economy has been resilient to the slowdown in the national economy, resulting in stronger than anticipated revenue growth in the first half of this year,” Combs said.
Combs notified the governor and legislative leaders that an extra $242.7 million in General Revenue will be available for the state employee pay raise. The Legislature appropriated a total of $402.4 million from all funds for the pay raises.
“I cannot stress enough how impressed I am with the expertise, diligence and loyalty of our hardworking state employees, and how important it is to ensure that they be fairly and adequately compensated,” Combs said.