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      Governor Bentley to reinstate merit raises for state employees

      Many Alabama state employees are going to get their first raises in five years.{} Governor Robert Bentley says he plans to reinstate merit raises starting January 1st.{} State employees got their last merit raises and cost of living raises in 2008.{} There have been none since then because the recession affected state tax collections.

      Governor Bentley signed a letter saying state employees have been asked to do more with less for several years, and it's time to resume merit raises.{} They can be up to 5% annually for meritorious performance.{}

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