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Mon March 3, 2014
Oklahoma House Leaders Link Pension overhaul to Pay
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A state lawmaker says members of the Oklahoma House are urging the Senate and Governor Mary Fallin to commit funding targeted pay increases before signing off on a pension overhaul bill.
Republican Representative Leslie Osborn of Mustang is the author of a measure to revamp the state's employee compensation system. Osborn says her plan will force lawmakers to make some hard financial decisions in other areas.
The Oklahoman reports that Osborn has the support of Republican House Speaker Jeff Hickman of Fairview.
Hickman says he would like to see House members consider the pay raise bill and pension bill one right after the other on the House floor. Hickman says lawmakers should not reform the pension plans and tell state employees that they will consider the salary issue later.