Washington State Budget Deal Includes Cuts For Teacher Salaries
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - A tentative agreement to fill Washington state's $5 billion budget shortfall includes cuts to teacher salaries.
Details of the $32 billion spending plan released Tuesday include a 1.9 percent cut for teacher pay and a 3 percent cut for other K-12 employees. Those changes will save the state $179 million over the next two years. Lawmakers are also moving to suspend voter-approved cost-of-living adjustments for education employees, saving another $300 million.
State employees face a 3 percent salary reduction, something that hasn't happened in decades of recent record keeping.
Budget negotiators say they ended up making budget reductions totaling $4.6 billion. They covered an additional $500 million largely by transferring funds from various accounts.
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