Denver Post Editorial: Lawmakers float excessive pay hike

No sooner had the governor and legislative leaders pledged in major public addresses to be prudent with scarce resources than the legislature's Joint Budget Committee voted 4 to 2 to offer state workers a pay hike of 4.5 percent. 

The JBC, which won't have the last word, voted for a 3 percent straight pay boost plus 1.5 percent in average merit pay — at a cost of $88 million the first year. 

Don't think merit pay is some exotic benefit reserved only for the most productive few. Last year 99 percent of state 

workers received some increment of merit pay. Those hikes varied according to employees' performance rating and where they stood on the pay scale, but averaged 1.6 percent. 

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