Lawmaker Varela wants 1% raises for all state workers

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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 8:00 pm | Updated: 7:09 pm, Wed Jul 24, 2013.

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Rep. Luciano “Lucky” Varela, the chairman of the Legislative Finance Committee, says Gov. Susana Martinez’s administration is not spending a significant amount of money the Legislature appropriated for state employees’ salaries and that this money ought to go for pay raises.

However, a spokesman for the governor says across-the-board pay increases are highly unlikely, although the administration is looking at possible “targeted raises” for those working in the public safety area.

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  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 6:28 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    This morning there were nine comments and I posted one more. What happened?

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 12:29 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Mr. Varela,

    Can you and your colleagues do anything about the discrepancies between the State Personnel Office listed vacancies and those vacancies listed on the Sunshine Portal? Our governor is withholding over 4,000 available jobs yet we must endure her smiling face every time Target opens a new store and hires 200 part time people.

    She's holding us hostage.

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 12:20 pm on Wed, Aug 28, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    Update: No more T-shirts for the grandsons! Santa Fe will be charging $.10 per bag for paper bags at the grocery store if daughter forgets to bring her reusable shopping bags with her (along with the two little ones in car seats in a rush home from pre-school). Thanks, everyone. While the thought and motive is well-intentioned, the raise for her and other taxpayers is now down to three cents.

    Why couldn't the paper bags be free? Oh, I forgot: corporations are "people," too and they shouldn't suffer. Should we all sing, "God Bless America," or "Just Another Brick in the Wall?"*

    *Pink Floyd, The Wall

  • Jolene Lockhart posted at 8:59 am on Thu, Aug 22, 2013.

    Hart2Hart1111 Posts: 11

    Thank You Lucky! Your the only one who cares about the state employee'. Christine Martinez, you nailed it!

  • ChristineMtz posted at 6:48 am on Mon, Aug 19, 2013.

    ChristineMtz Posts: 54

    Well of course they have left over funds, the DOH and HSD don't fill their positions. They expect staff to do two and three positions because they have done it for so long. Employees that travel have the biggest revolving door as they are expected to pay to do the state's work as the hotel rates are higher than the $85 per diem they are reimbursed.

    The mistreatment of state employees is applauded and encouraged by the Governess. She does not respect them or appreciate the work they do. Yes kids, another lesson in what happens when you vote Republican.

    Republicans are people too, mean selfish, greedy people!

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 12:09 pm on Thu, Aug 8, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    According to the "Sunshine Portal", there are currently 4,920 vacancies in New Mexico state government. These are NOT jobs that have been cut or eliminated by the governor, but job vacancies.

    Of the 4,920 openings, 4,805 are for worker-bees, or classified employees. The other 115 are for exempt, term limit or appointed positions. Let's say for argument's sake we ignore the 115 positions and focus on the 4,805 jobs:

    Given that the governor has a commitment to TRANSPARENCY in New Mexico government, why is it that the Sunshine Portal shows 4,805 jobs open but the State Personnel Office is only hiring for 638 positions? Oh, and the 638 jobs advertised by the State Personnel Office includes some of the 115 that are term sponsored.

    Again, ALL taxpayers need a tax cut, let's put at least 4,800 New Mexicans back to work, and the governor needs to take a basic math class. Go to her Sunshine Portal--it's in the budget.

  • Jennifer Bizzarro posted at 9:21 am on Thu, Aug 8, 2013.

    Jennifer_Bizzarro Posts: 481

    State employees ARE taxpayers.

    My widowed daughter and her two children really, really are enjoying that 1% raise she earned from the ALL the taxpayers after five years with no raise. That $ .13 an hour will almost allow her to buy one T-shirt for the kids at the end of one month if gas prices don't go up.

    They already did? How about health care costs, they stayed the same, right? No, those went up 1-1/2% for state employed taxpayers and are going up again in October and again in January? So much for that 1%. Looks like the state-employed TAXPAYERS are making less after their raise (lol) than they did before.

    I'm with you, Mr. Knolls. I think all the taxpayers should get a tax cut. And a new governor--one who passed a basic math class.

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 2:53 pm on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1675

    I'd rather see a 1% tax cut for taxpayers.

  • joe valdez posted at 10:48 am on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    joeval Posts: 3

    All you Legislative people need to be replace you all forgot how to be for the people it more as to see who has more power. The 1% increasing would help worker salaries would not only help state employees and raise morale how do you see that when the poor state workers see less on there checks this is a slap on the face for all state employees. There should be a 5 percent increase for all state employees making less then 45k a year. Look at Social Security and health care deductions are going up. And health care and pension benefit contributions are expected to continue going up for the next few years just like the gas is no help from the governor your you guys. What ever happen to the Supreme Court decision in May that affirmed an appeals court decision that said about 11,000 state workers would get some money back? How about all the vacancy saving where is that money been spend? All the changes they made to the PERA all at once why was that even approved. You have people that make only maybe 800.00 a month and to cut there pension especially those that leave in the country where expenses are high do they eat or keep themselves warm? There should be less spending how about when the legislature approves money for new projects costing over millions of dollars who over sees all this spending new building been build etc but no one over seeing the project. You now have employees not only doing there job but also doing someone else job due to the fact that the position are not been filed. No new jobs created the republican are doing nothing.

    but would help the state’s economy.

  • Jorge Negrete posted at 10:22 am on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Jorge Negrete Posts: 14

    It must be re-election time.......

  • Joe Montoya posted at 8:12 am on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 77

    PERA contributions, insurance costs went up, inflation has gone up and for the State to give just a 1% raise is a disgrace is the worst thing an employer can do for its employees. Most State employees are hurting and with this Republican Administration there is no relief to be seen!

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 5:24 am on Wed, Jul 24, 2013.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    Oh but the Gov can spend money on her exercise program at our expense! Stop being a bunch of hypocrites and start paying these people properly already, this 1% stuff is a joke. It should be 5% or you are not worth your weight in salt.


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