Mississippi Democrats pushing for across-the-board raise for state employees

JACKSON, Mississippi — The Democratic leader in the Mississippi Senate said Monday that he hopes majority Republicans will adopt some of his party’s budget ideas.

Sen. Hob Bryan of Amory said Democrats want to give a $1,000 across-the-board pay raise to state employees, which would cost about $16 million in a budget that’s expected to be about $6.2 billion.

GOP leaders have said it’s too early to say whether lawmakers will consider a broad-based pay raise for state workers this election year, although teachers have been promised the second installment of a two-year raise.