Mike Cox (R)

LANSING, Mich. (Legal Newsline)-Attorneys in the Michigan AG's office should not receive a 1 percent pay raise amid the state's budget woes, Attorney General Mike Cox said Tuesday.

Cox, who is seeking the 2010 Republican nomination for governor, asked the Civil Service Commission to authorize the state personnel director to eliminate the raise, which took effect last week.

He said rather than give attorneys in his office a raise he would rather use the money to lessen potential layoffs.

The 270 lawyers in the attorney general's office are not covered under collective bargaining agreements.

The attorney general's budget that has been adopted by the state Legislature, but not yet signed by Gov. Jennifer Granholm, contains a 10 percent cut in departmental funding.

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