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General Assembly hears your voice on pay raises, but more calls are needed

The budget negotiators in the House and Senate continued to work toward a compromise this week, and while some progress was made and only about $300 million actually separate the two sides, the chambers are far apart on how to bridge that final gap.

General Assembly continues to discuss budget; SEANC members, contact lawmakers now for pay equity!

More than a week into the new fiscal year, the General Assembly has yet to pass a budget, and while the conference committee has been meeting regularly, negotiations are moving slowly. So far, budget conferees have come to a tentative agreement on a several key subjects, including Medicaid, lottery advertising and teacher tenure. They have not, however, come to an agreement on pay raises, including those for teachers and other state employees or retirees.

As these negotiations continue, SEANC members and lobbyists are strongly advocating for lawmakers to provide equal pay raises to teachers and other state employees, as well as a 1.9-percent cost-of-living adjustment for retirees.