Lawmaker demands more oversight after News 2 report
BATON ROUGE- State Representative John Schroder of Covington is demanding more oversight at state agencies that provide behavioral and social health services for the community.
It comes after a News 2 Investigative Unit report showed the Executive Director and Deputy Director at Capital Area Human Services in Baton Rouge received fat raises, when nearly 200 employees got nothing.
Over the past two years, Executive Director Jan Kasofsky submitted a layoff avoidance letter to the state. That letter said there was no money for employee raises. However, News 2 found during that time the agency was allegedly strapped for cash, Kasofsky received nearly $21,000 in raises and gave a $15,000 raise to Deputy Director Carol Nacoste.
"I would never take a raise before my employees take one... ever," Representative John Schroder said. "Only in government do we do crazy stuff like this."
Schroder said he intends to draw up a resolution to create more oversight on these agencies to prevent this from happening again.
"I want some accountability," Schroder said Tuesday.
The comments came at a hearing where Kasofsky and Nacoste were in attendance. Salary documents obtained by the News 2 Investigative Unit show Kasofsky earns about $189,000 and Nacoste makes $142,000.
"That's a flaw in our system, and it has to be corrected," Schroder said. "It certainly is a real lack in judgement when you can take those kind of pay raises and you have 200 employees who don't get one... That's a problem."
News 2 asked Kasofsky Tuesday if she would accept a raise this year.
"Likely not," Kasofsky said.
Schroder hopes his resolution will bring more transparency to these state agencies. He plans to have it drawn up in a few days.