Budget Crunch? What Budget Crunch?
The Oklahoman's Paul Monies reports today that, "Almost half of the 400 employees at the Oklahoma Agriculture Department received raises in November and December, even as its top appointed official prepares to leave the agency next month during a state budget crunch. Outgoing Agriculture Secretary Terry Peach said the raises were planned for some time and went through the Office of Personnel Management for approval. Peach said he kept 5 percent back from his state budget appropriation. He told agency division directors they could spend it on raises if state revenue looked like it might improve."
Read all of Monies' article at http://newsok.com/half-of-oklahoma-agriculture-department-employees-receive-raises/article/3523767#ixzz18BMBDpLH.