OLYMPIA, Wash. - There's a good chance teachers in Washington State will won't see anything extra in their paycheck for the next two years.
The state Senate passed a measure on a 25-23 vote Friday night, suspending cost-of-living raises for teachers over the next two years.
The state House passed the measure Thursday. The measure now goes to Governor Jay Inslee for his signature.
The cost-of-living adjustments were spelled out in Initiative 732, which has been suspended several times. But they would be suspended through mid-2015 for school district employees, community and technical college academic employees and classified employees at technical colleges, saving the state nearly $330 million. The measure also suspends inflation adjustments to bonuses issued to board-certified teachers during that same timeframe.
The measure is needed to implement a newly agreed-upon budget deal between the House and Senate.