OLYMPIA, Wash.-- Teachers in Washington State
won't see anything extra in their paycheck for the next two years.
Law makers passed House Bill 2043 late
last night, suspending teacher pay increases to help implement the newly agreed
upon budget deal between the house and senate.
The bill, if it gets through all the
legislative hurdles and clears the governor's desk, would prevent cost of
living raises for teachers for the next two years.
It passed on a 54 to 36 vote.
It's part of an attempt by lawmakers to
help save the state money, totaling about 330 million dollars.
The cost of living adjustments were
spelled out in Initiative 732, but lawmakers have suspended them several times.
Workers affected by this include school
district employees, community and technical college employees, and classified
employees at technical colleges.
The suspension would end in mid 2015.
The bill still needs to pass through the
senate before it makes it to the governor's desk.