Before communicating with you all we wanted to ensure that we had the correct information to share. We spoke with DFA Director, Richard Weiss and because of the tax cut passed during the fiscal session, as of today, the funding for the COLA is unavailable. We were told, however; that if the economy picks up and the revenue is available, the COLA can be reinstated.
Please know that we are disappointed. We know that you need and deserve the cost-of-living adjustment. We are so proud of those who participated in the postcard campaign. Unfortunately, this was an unexpected development that came late in the fiscal session. Do not allow this to discourage you from reaching out to your legislators and voicing your concerns regarding the needs of state employees. Your voice is needed more now than ever.
We were told that the state budget is reviewed daily and in light of this, we will continue to communicate with DF&A in hopes of positive news. Please expect an official notice from the Department of Finance and Administration in the next few weeks.
The merit bonus is separate and is funded through salary savings. We expect more information in May.