State House Discusses Budget Plan
State lawmakers in the House have been going through their budget proposal on the floor since early Thursday afternoon. Republican Representative Nelson Dollar introduced the bill.
"The budget before you today for your consideration has a five percent increase for teachers in our state. It contains a thousand dollar flat raise for most state employees, plus benefits, that's roughly a 2.3 percent increase, and an additional five days of leave time for state employees," said Dollar.
Many amendments have been introduced, including some by Democrats that attempted to eliminate a voucher program and give new teachers more job protections. Those amendments failed.
Lawmakers are expected to return Thursday evening to discuss more amendments and then debate the bill. It's not clear yet exactly when the House will take up a vote on the measure.