Not All State Workers Denied Raises

Gov. Sununu grants raises to attorneys, still denies raises for other agencies

This week, the Executive Council approved salary increases for attorneys in the state Attorney General’s office. The raises range from 1.5 percent up to 4 percent, for an average increase of 2.7 percent.

In making the case for the raises, Attorney General Gordon MacDonald writes that the package of raises “is intended to retain the individuals who are the backbone of this office and will be its future.”

If only Gov. Sununu could somehow apply this idea of retaining (and recruiting) good employees across all state departments! Maybe then, we could ease the amount of overtime needed at the Department of Corrections or lessen the caseloads of child protection workers. Public employees didn’t get into this line of work for the money, but as they fall further and further behind, more are forced to leave for just that reason.

We need to raise our wages.

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