Thousands of Texas Department of Public Safety troopers are slated to receive the largest pay raise in the agency’s history as part of the new state budget that awaits Gov. Rick Perry’s signature.
The salary increase for about 4,400 state law enforcement officers, 80 percent of whom work for the DPS, averages 20 percent over the next two years, dwarfing the 3 percent pay raise for general state employees. It will cost the state $100 million. When coupled with an existing program that allows DPS troopers to earn overtime for working an extra hour a day, the cumulative increase in pay could total as much as 35 percent.
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