Five hundred Louisville police officers are each expected to get $1,000 pay raises under a deal connected with a city-county goverment merger. The Louisville Courier-Journal says a new agreement would create pay parity for all Louisville Metro Police officers.
The city agreed to the raises for county officers because about 300 of the city’s 700 police officers earned more than their county counterparts. The news shocked an official of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union, 50 of whose members are being laid off because of a budget shortfall.
One Louisville alderman who supports the raise said that “firefighters, police officers and teachers will never make enough money for what they do.”