State Workers Rally for Raises

Reported by: Melanie Kendall
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Updated: 11/09/2013 9:18 pm

Bills go up but paychecks don’t seem to grow enough.  State workers say they haven’t gotten a raise since 2009 but they say their healthcare costs continue to skyrocket.

Saturday KASE, the Kentucky Association of State Employees, rallied at the Capital to fight for pay raises.  

“Give us a pay raise to offset those costs or keep us at the level that we are now,” said David Smith, president of KASE.  “Put enough money in the budget to offset what we're having to do.”

According to KASE, the last raise given to State employees was a 1% raise in 2009.  Before that, the last 5% raise was in 2001.

KASE and state employees at the rally say they just want enough money to cover the growing cost of living expenses.  They say they want the state to find the money in the budget to offset the cost healthcare is costing employees.

“Everything is going up, you're premium went up, your co-pays went up, you're deductibles went up,” said Natasha Hardin, a state worker.  “Now it's like well, you have to make the decision, do i just let this pass or do i try to go to the doctor and see what happens.”

“If we can't take care of ourselves and we can't go to the doctor how do you expect us to take care of other people,” said Smith.

Senator Julian Carroll and Representative Derrick Graham were both at the rally to show their support but they say, they can’t do it alone.

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