State Representative Joel Robideaux files bill on behalf of Lafayette Police Department

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Bill allows two-percent raise every year to employees of Lafayette Police Department if local sales tax collections are healthy

Monday, March 17, 2014 - 3:36pm

State Representative Joel Robideaux has filed a bill that would give a two-percent raise every year to employees of the Lafayette Police Department as long as local sales tax collections are healthy. 

Robideaux filed this on the department's behalf after being approached by the agency in December.  He filed the bill knowing that without the Lafayette city council's blessing, the bill will not move.

"We have to pay our people a fair wage.  We're competing against private industry now with the oil field doing so well, I mean they're hiring a lot of folks for security purposes.  So we want to make sure that these guys are compensated in a way that we're getting good quality candidates to go there and stay there, and if that means we have to pay a little bit more then you know, that's something we need to consider doing," says State Representative Joel Robideaux.

Robideaux says Lafayette police will meet with the council Wednesday to discuss the bill.  He will wait from word on whether the local council supports the bill or not, and if they do he will move the bill to the floor.

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