State Employee Pay Raises Up to $70k Back in Budget Bills

I’m pleased to be the first to report that the Budget Conference Committee just adopted the House position on state employee pay raises – meaning a full two-percent raise for all employees making up to $70k per year.

This raise isn’t as much as I wish it could be, but it’s a good start, and it’s well-deserved. It’s been four years since state employees last received a pay bump – and, in the meantime, take-home pay has actually decreased as a result of increased health care premiums and reduced retirement benefits.

Many thanks are due to Rep. Ryan Silvey and Sen. Kurt Schaefer for standing up for state employees.