Monday, February 07, 2005

Pay raises for State Troopers

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Speaker Tom Craddick have agreed to give state troopers more salary money: an across-the-board pay raise for 3,500 DPS officers. Their minimum yearly pay is $36,000.

UPDATE: Alright, so I checked the facts on teacher vs. state trooper pay. Starting pay is around the same, around $30,000-$35,000. But it's still bad that teachers aren't treated the same way as state troopers as far as an across-the-board pay increase goes.

For more on where I'm coming from, see my synopsis on HB 2


At 5:22 PM, Blogger Gritsforbreakfast said...

The cost driver they cited that is "forcing" them to increase trooper pay was the City of Austin's meet and confer agreement with the local police union. The union elected their own pet Austin city councilmembers, then their cronies voted them massive pay hikes outstripping troopers' pay and all other TX police by $10K or so. That's causing all other TX law enforcement to increase pay to "keep up," so an unwise policy that boosts Austin's taxes with little public benefit winds up costing everybody else in the state, too.

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