It looks like I'm getting a raise. Governor Blanco, through the powers of her office, is giving all the cops, firefighters, and corrections officer a $125.00 raise in the supplemental pay.
Supplemental pay is an interesting concept. Normally, a cop is paid by the city or parish in which he works. There are great, huge differences in the pay rates of the various agencies. Generally large outfits pay better than small ones, however that is a generality and isn't always true.
The politicos in the state, years ago, decided that since a great portion of our time is spent enforcing state law, that the state should pony up some of our pay. The current state supplemental pay comes to $300.00 per month for each first responder.
State Police don't get supplemental pay. They are already paid completely by the state. Probation and Parole officers don't get supplemental pay, nor does the State Fire Marshall's office, or any of the horde of inspectors, detectives, or investigators that the state sends forth to harry the populace. Supplemental pay is for us local guys, set at $300.00 per month. It looks like I'm going to get a raise to $425.00 per month, courtesy of the Queen Bee herself.
Before anyone sheds any tears for the State Police, spare me. Those boys, whose primary duties involved writing speeding tickets and working wrecks, get paid a princely salary, with lots of perks. No one in the State Police is underpaid, and most of them retire to luxurious leisure, taking their pleasure in exorbitant style.
Before all the cheering and huzzah-ing dies down, we must remind ourselves that the Governor is a political beast, facing a substantial challenge in 2007. There are a lot of folks who would like to see her go away. Look for raises for teachers, for state employees, and any other way she can spread the government largesse while running her campaign. This raise is pure politics folks, with more to come.
Of course, I'm not going to turn the money down. That would cause huge headaches in the payroll department and I'm going to keep those folks happy.