Saturday, September 23, 2023

Senate Passes Pay Raises for Public Employees

The Senate approved a 5 percent pay raise for teachers, school service personnel and State Police employees during Tuesday morning’s floor session.

Senate Bill 531, which passed on a 33-0 vote with one Senator absent, costs roughly $71 million and will now advance to the House of Delegates for consideration, where it is expected to complete legislative action.

This bill only includes raises for the salaries of public employees that are stipulated in state code. Other raises are expected 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 the 5 percent pay increase for all public employees is projected to be between $110-$120 million.

The Senate is adjourned until tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Health will meet at 1 p.m. in 451M.

Energy will meet at 1 p.m. in 208W.

Education will meet at 2 p.m. in 451M.

Government Organization will meet at 2 p.m. in 208W.

Finance will meet at 3 p.m. in 451M.

Judiciary will meet at 3 p.m. in 208W.



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