By Gumptown Magazine Staff
Montgomery, AL – The Alabama House of Representatives passed HB320, a bill sponsored by Rep. Kelvin Lawrence (D-Lowndes) which would provide for a 2% cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase for state employees.
While advocating for the bill, Lawrence remarked, “Alabama’s hardworking state employees have been a lifeline for many public services during the height of the pandemic and throughout this year. Our state employees need and deserve a raise as they continue to serve the citizens of this great state.”
Prior to 2018, state employees went 10 years without a cost of living increase. Alabama House Democrats feel that the COLA increase is necessary for state employees as the costs of housing, transportation, healthcare, utilities, and other necessary living expenses continue to rise.
Alabama House Democrats believe that a 2% increase will help in efforts to retain state employees and make state employment opportunities more competitive. If enacted, the increase would take effect beginning fiscal year 2022. (October 1, 2021).
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