Governor Albert Bryan Jr. issued the following statement on Thursday, June 24, regarding the Senate Finance Committee’s passage of legislation to reimburse the 8% pay cuts for government employees passed in 2011.
“Today, members of the 34th Legislature spent a number of hours needlessly deliberating on a measure we both fully agree on: repaying the 8 percent pay cuts of 2011. I I am happy that the body has taken action on this important step, ”the governor said.
“As I said in my last State of the Land address, returning these salaries to the people has been a priority of the Bryan-Roach administration since we took office. I am proud that under our leadership the government is now in a position to meet this longstanding obligation, ”said Bryan.
“What is disappointing, however, is that today some members of the Legislature attempted to present the administration as being against the 8% refund when there was no mention of ‘a legislative proposal considered by the Senate before this administration tabled legislation earlier this month, “Bryan said.” Further, the legislation we submitted for consideration specifically indicated that we were prepared to begin payment in the current fiscal year and continue making payments in the next fiscal year until all amounts owed have been repaid. “
“As the Bryan-Roach administration continues to responsibly manage government revenues, it is clear that both branches of government should be happy to finally be in a financial position strong enough to even have this discussion. Nonetheless, today’s deliberations were an unfortunate demonstration of an attempt to politicize an issue of vital importance to current and former public sector workers that it affects and the community should ask, “What is the motivation? ” did he declare.
“I look forward to repaying these salaries when the legislation goes through the various Senate committees and a bill that I can sign eventually hits my desk,” Bryan said.