About 200 officials in Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's administration are getting a holiday present: pay raises ranging from 3 to 12 percent.

The increases -- described as an "adjustment" -- for the appointed officials, including agency heads and governor's staff, will cost the state a total of approximately $1.4 million annually. Funding for the raises was included in the state budget that took effect July 1.

Office of Policy and Management Secretary Ben Barnes said that most appointed state officials have not had a salary change for the last four years. He said these pay increases are needed to retain and attract "top-notch talent," keeping Connecticut competitive with other states and the private sector.

"For the last four years, most appointed officials have not seen their salary change as they have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Connecticut families," Barnes said in the statement announcing the raises. "Because of their hard work, we are seeing the results in many areas, such as a steadily improving economy that's added over 75,000 jobs since 2011. We want that progress to continue over the next four years and need to be able to attract and retain top-notch talent so our citizens are served by the very best. To do that our salaries must remain competitive with those of other states and the private sector."

Both union state employees and managers received 3 percent raises last summer. Managers can receive earned merit increases in January.