House Budget Proposes Teacher Raises Based on Experience

May 17, 2016

House lawmakers propose small increases in teacher pay based on years of experience.
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House lawmakers revealed a preliminary budget proposal Monday that gives pay raises to teachers based on individual experience.

Increases for teachers would range from 0 to 5 percent. Teachers in the middle of their careers would get the largest bump, according to House Appropriations chairman Nelson Dollar.
"Last two years we've been addressing the starting of the range," Dollar said. "Now we're working on addressing the middle ranges of teacher experience."

Teachers at the beginning and end of the careers would get a one-time $1,000 bonus, according to the proposal. Other state employees would see a 2 percent raise and a $500 bonus. And retirees would get a 1.6 percent cost of living adjustment.

The House plans to vote and finalize its budget Friday.