Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has roundly dismissed a recent proposal from the federal government to establish a system of compensation for public servants; she characterized the idea as a “non-starter”.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Sanders articulated her strong opposition to the proposal, noting that “this type of government pay structure would be overly complicated and difficult to administer.” She went on to express her concern that the plan would be difficult for both public servants and their supervisors to comprehend and utilize.
The proposed system, which was put forth by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), would place public servants in “pay bands” based on their duties and responsibilities. The idea, which is intended to simplify the payment process, has been met with criticism by Sanders and other prominent officials who argue that it could lead to discrepancies in pay among public servants, especially those in similar roles.
In addition to expressing her opposition to the government pay proposal, Sanders also pointed to the state’s existing system of compensation as an example of an effective and fair method of remuneration. “In Arkansas, we have a system of merit-based pay that is straightforward and easy to understand,” she noted. “It is an effective way of ensuring that public servants are compensated fairly and equitably.”
Sanders’ rejection of the government pay proposal is indicative of her strong commitment to creating a transparent and equitable system of public servant compensation. It remains to be seen whether the proposal will be adopted at the federal level.