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Lawmakers Suspend Teacher Pay Increases in House Bill

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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.