PLUNKETT: Which State Agencies Spent The Most Money And Gave More Pay Raises During 2016 Spending Spree? [Interactive Chart]

By Keith Plunkett | January 20th, 2017 at 8:45 am

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The Hattiesburg American published a report by Clarion Ledger Political Reporter Geoff Pender on Monday, January 16 that:

“a report requested by lawmakers and making the rounds at the Capitol shows that 74 state agencies, for the first five months of this fiscal year, gave $12.4 million in raises to 3,396 employees. It shows that there were 142 raises of $10,000 a year or more.

The raises and report come as Gov. Phil Bryant last week made his fourth round of mid-year cuts in less than two years and as lawmakers expect to slash state spending again for the coming fiscal year that starts July 1.”

Geoff listed the agencies and sub-agencies, along with the amount spent on pay raises by each at the end of the report.

I had a hunch who the biggest spenders would be. I worked up the interactive chart below. Click on one of the three categories under the heading to see the numbers per agency for that description.