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“I’d say anything here is political fodder,” Rep. Bobby Moak of Bogue Chitto, the House Democratic leader, told The Associated Press.

Frierson, in a separate interview, said that no matter what Republican leaders propose for state employee pay raises, “the opposition will always up the ante…. If I had brought Johnny (Stringer)’s plan out, I’m of the opinion they would’ve tried to double it.”

At this point, the House has passed a teacher pay raise, and the proposal awaits Senate consideration. Final budget negotiations take place in late March.

Not coincidentally, 2007 was a legislative election year. Happy state employees make happy, active voters - and that might make a pay raise a real possibility during the election-year session of 2015.

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