Parish workers still lowest-paid in new EBR budget
BATON ROUGE- The mayor's $804 million spending plan for 2014 includes additional firefighters and police officers, but does not adjust the pay scale of workers, despite him being asked to recently.
Instead, some workers will get a 3 percent merit and longevity raise. However, the mayor wrote in his budget, a pay study would be used as the basis for raises in the future. Recently, a national labor union said workers for the City-Parish of Baton Rouge are among the lowest paid in the entire southeast region of the United States.
More than half of the budget is earmarked for public safety, including expenses for a new headquarters for the city police force.
The budget was released at a special Metro Council gathering Tuesday afternoon.
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