Top State Officials Split on Taking Raises

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AUSTIN (AP) - The Legislature budgeted five-figure pay raises for the state's eight top statewide officials, but Governor Rick Perry and two others say they'll decline the increase.

The Legislature's new state budget includes generous raises for the governor, the comptroller, the attorney general, the land commissioner, the agriculture commissioner and three railroad commissioners.

Perry and Railroad Commissioners Elizabeth Ames Jones and Michael Williams say they'll turn down the offer.

The raises don't sit well with some employee groups, whose members received much smaller pay increases in the same budget.

Top officials getting a raise include Attorney General Greg Abbott, Comptroller Susan Combs, Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson and Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples.

A spokesman says Perry doesn't think the raise is necessary.