SD bill on equal bonus for state workers fails

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Posted: Feb 10, 2012 11:14 AM
SD bill on equal bonus for state workers fails

South Dakota's 13,000 state workers are up for a pay raise after three years without one, but a plan outlining an across-the-board $2,300 for all public employees won't move forward this legislative session.

Sioux Falls Republican Rep. Gene Abdallah, the bill's prime sponsor, says his plan offers more bonus pay to workers earning low-end salaries.

He says Gov. Dennis Daugaard's plan, which suggests a bonus equaling 5 percent of each worker's salary, would give more to top earners.

But state budget director Jason Dilges says though Rep. Abdallah's plan sparked a creative search for the solution, a "one-size fits all" bonus won't best reward state workers. Dilges says he is confident both sides can work together for the optimal solution.

The House Appropriations committee killed the bill Thursday, 6-2.