State Employees To Receive Bonus

Governor Daniels said public servants deserve the extra money after reining in the state budget and coming up with a larger than expected surplus.

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Photo: Dan Goldblatt (WFIU News)

State employees will receive anywhere from $500-$1000 as a one-time bonus.

After the state announced Thursday a higher-than-expected budget surplus, Governor Mitch Daniels says state employees will be rewarded for helping make the surplus possible.

Daniels announced Friday that nearly all state employees would receive a one-time, merit-based bonus. Employees who receive the rating – “meets expectations” will get $500, those exceeding expectations will get $750 and state employees who receive an outstanding rating will receive $1,000.

Daniels says he wants to honor those who’ve helped create one of the country’s most stable fiscal states.

“I just can’t tell you how proud I think every citizen should be,” he said, “of this highly efficient and hard-working group of public servants has been doing the last few years and especially during the very difficult days of the last two years.”

The bonuses will cost the state roughly $15-20 million.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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