3 percent pay raise for goes into effect for thousands of state employees


Thousands of state workers will see a three-percent pay raise on Monday thanks to the first cost-of-living raise Alabama state employees have seen in a decade going into effect.

The raise is the result of a bill passed by the legislature and signed into law by Gov. Kay Ivey back in March. It gives Alabama’s 33,000 state employees a cost-of-living increase — the first across-the board increase since 2008.
State Auditor Jim Zeigler is celebrating the “COLA” or cost of living adjustment day, that happens to coincide with the state of the fiscal year: Oct. 1, 2018.

“October 1 is the three-percent cost of living adjustment in salary for state employees. It was done without a tax increase and without incurring debt – made possible by Alabama’s increasing economy and some efficiency measures,” said State Auditor Jim Zeigler. “COLA Day does not mean soft drinks. It means the first pay raise for employees in almost a decade. With better management, state employee pay can be raised more often. The need for raises will be greater as inflation is starting to enter this booming economy.”