Capping pay for state employees

State Rep. Scott Biggs said a conference committee report will be filed for House Joint Resolution 1062 that would give Oklahomans a chance to vote to limit the salaries of the top-paid state employees.

Biggs said he is amending a constitutional amendment that was going unused to include language that would ask voters to approve a limit of 125 percent of the governor’s salary for any state employee. That limit would be retroactive, but would have an exemption if a majority of state senators approved a salary beyond that limit.

“The bill allows some flexibility but doesn’t allow limitless salaries to high-level state employees,” said Biggs, R-Chickasha. “To me it’s an ethics issue – getting grossly overpaid is in a way taking more money from taxpayers than you are worth.”