In years when the legislature meets and considers pay raises for state employees, as was the case this past spring, we usually get a spate of questions from employees around Sept. 1. The question of the day: what happened to our state-mandated across-the-board pay raise?
The short answer: there wasn’t one, at least not for most employees in higher education.
The long answer: there was a 2% across the board salary increase, but higher education employees were excluded, with the exception of Texas A&M University System service agency employees and the Higher Education Coordinating Board employees.
The information ran in Impact in June (print) and July (online) as part of the legislative roundup. Fret not—UTMB does have dollars in the budget committed to paying for performance. Hopefully some of those dollars will make their way into your paycheck. Below is the specific language from the bill that passed; I highlighted the part that is relevant to us:
Sec. 19.62. Appropriation for a Salary Increase for State Employees. (a) As used in this section, “salary increase” shall mean a two percent (2.0%) increase in annual salary with a minimum of $50 per month increase in salary, to begin on September 1, 2007, and another increase in annual salary to occur on September 1, 2008, consisting of an additional two percent (2.0%) increase in the annual salary with a minimum of $50 per month increase in salary. (b) Contingent upon the Comptroller of Public Accounts certifying that there is a sufficient increase in available general revenue in excess of the amount shown in the January 2007 Biennial Revenue Estimate, the Comptroller of Public Accounts is hereby appropriated an amount estimated to be $242,742,663 out of the General Revenue Fund, an amount estimated to be $13,894,526 out of General Revenue–Dedicated, an amount estimated to be $73,648,946 out of federal funds, and an amount estimated to be $59,625,082 out of other funds and accounts to fund a salary increase described in Subsection (a) of this section for employees of state agencies, including employees of the Higher Education Coordinating Board, and including employees of Texas A&M University System service agencies, as such a salary increase is reflected in the salary rates authorized elsewhere in this Act. (c) This section shall not apply to employees of institutions of higher education except for employees of a Texas A&M University System service agency, statewide elected officials, justices and judges of the appellate and district courts, district attorneys, criminal district attorneys, county attorneys performing the duties of a district attorney, line item exempt (non-classified) employees, salary Schedule C employees, or non-exempt staff at the Office of State Prosecuting Attorney.