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Dec 04, 2006
Governor pledges immediate pay increase for first responders

SHREVEPORT - Surrounded by the police and fire fighters who protect Shreveport and Bossier City, Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco announced today that she will fight for a $125-a-month pay raise for Louisiana's first responders in the special session beginning this Friday.

"Our firefighters, police officers and sheriff's deputies give so much of themselves to keep our people and communities safe and have waited a long time for available money for a raise in supplemental pay. Today, my message is clear: the wait is over," Governor Blanco said. "We expect to have sufficient money recognized tomorrow to provide a pay increase for these first responders immediately. We must take our significant budget surplus and invest in the hardworking people and families of Louisiana."

The Governor's proposed increase in state supplemental pay for police, fire, sheriff's deputies and public safety and corrections officers will take effect this fiscal year and cost about $36 million in a full fiscal year.

A number of local legislators stood with Gov. Blanco today for the announcement, including: Sen. Robert Adley, Sen. Sherri Cheek, Rep. Billy Montgomery, Rep. Roy Burrell, Rep. Jean Doerge, Rep. Beverly Bruce and Rep. Jane Smith

Bossier City Mayor Lorenz "Lo" Walker, Bossier City Fire Chief Sammy Halphen, Bossier City Police Chief Mike Halphen, Shreveport Mayor Cedric Glover, Shreveport Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran, Shreveport Chief of Police Mike Vansant joined Gov. Blanco as well for the event Monday afternoon at Shreveport's Central Fire Station. 

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