The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

February 24, 2014

Okla. House panel approves state worker pay plan

Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY — A bill to create a state employee pay program under the oversight of the governor’s office has cleared a House committee.

The House Appropriations and Budget Committee voted 19-3 on Monday for the bill to create the “State Employee Compensation Program” under the Office of Management and Enterprise Services.

The OMES was previously called the Office of State Finance and is headed by an appointee of the governor. The agency would set up the program with the goal of bringing state workers to within 90 percent of “market compensation.”

The House author, Mustang Republican Leslie Osborn, says the bill would remove the Legislature from the business of determining pay raises for state workers.

The bill now heads to the full House.