A House subcommittee has approved a 2 percent pay raise for state workers that will cost taxpayers $28 million.
But it’s not all good news for state workers. They will have to pay 4.6 percent more for their health insurance. And lawmakers are considering a separate bill that would require state workers pay 1 percent more toward their retirement.
Meanwhile, another House subcommittee approved another $152 million to education funding, bring the base student cost to $2,012 per student. Nearly all of that money is dedicated to teacher salaries. Lawmakers will consider a budget proviso later today that would give a 2 percent pay increase to all school district employees.
The proposals now goes to the full House Ways and Means committee, which is expected to vote on them later today.
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The pay increase would be another win for school district employees this budget cycle. Tuesday, lawmakers approved a budget proviso that bans school districts from furloughing employees next school year -- unless the state makes midyear budget cuts.
-- Adam Beam