No Pay Raises

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State employees and public school workers shouldn't expect a cost-of-living raise next year. That's according to state Finance Director Drayton Nabers, Jr. who says Alabama's other needs outweigh the need to raise state employees pay.

State employees and teachers also went without pay raises this year.

Gov. Riley says he has yet to make any decisions for the upcoming budget year, which begins October First, 2004.

The heads of the two largest lobbies for public employees say they don't expect the cost-of-living adjustments, normally three percent annually. But they say the quality of state workers could decline if the pay freeze continues.