The Senate Finance Committee met briefly on Wednesday afternoon, quickly advancing a 5 percent pay raise for teachers, school service personnel and State Police employees.
Senate Bill 531 costs roughly $71 million and will now advance to the full Senate for consideration.
This bill does not include proposed raises for all state employees. Other public employee raises would have to be worked out in the final Budget Bill, as has been done with across the board state employee raises in the past. The final cost of a 5 percent pay increase for all public employees is projected to be between $110-$120 million.