Virtually every state employee will receive a one-time pay supplement for Fiscal Year 2004 under an agreement announced by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner and state legislators on Tuesday, April 6, 2004.
"This agreement, as you know, comes after considerable negotiation and compromise over the last weeks and months, and even a few heated words," Gov. Minner said. "But in the end, we all sat down at a table, talked out our differences and compromised. That is, after all, the Delaware way."
On Dec. 23, 2003, Gov. Minner proposed that virtually every state employee receive a one-time pay supplement of $500 in order to recognize their hard work over the last several years, a period that included repeated budget cuts and a freeze on hiring state employees that led to more than 10 percent of state employee positions being vacant.
The key points of the proposal agreed upon by the governor and members of the General Assembly Tuesday are:
"The pay plan we have agreed to is a one-time pay supplement this year and a raise for next year, which, of course, mirrors the scenario I proposed in January," Gov. Minner said. "The details may have changed, but the basic intent is the same: for the administration and the General Assembly to recognize the hard work of state employees over the last several tough years."
Senate and House leaders announced at a news conference on Tuesday, April 6, the intent of both chambers to pass legislation enacting the pay supplement Tuesday evening.
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