State employees will be looking at a significant bonus soon.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced that there will be a three percent performance bonus for state agency employees. During a press conference on Tuesday, June 8, he said that the bonus is intended to pay tribute to the work state employees have done through the COVID-19 pandemic, citing long hours and public-facing work during this period.
“This last year, our workforce has shown dedication, resilience and flexibility during this pandemic. It’s been circumstances that no workforce has been through in the last 100 years,” he said.
The three percent bonus will be the largest performance pay amount that has been issued during Hutchinson’s administration. The merit raise, which Hutchinson said would be provided to “high-performing” employees, will be added to their base salary.
This merit raise will draw $11.2 million of state general revenue and $28 million from all sources, including federal monies.