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Governor to propose 2 percent pay increase for state employees and teachers in 2017

Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that his budget includes funds for 2 percent pay increases for state employees, college faculty, teachers, sheriff’s deputies and other public workers. This is the first time since 2008 that a governor’s introduced budget has included dollars for state worker pay increases.

“Our state employees, professors, teachers and deputies are working hard to help build a new Virginia economy, and we are pleased to recognize their contributions with a well-deserved pay increase that will benefit thousands of Virginia families and their communities. My budget includes substantial investments in Virginia’s key resources, and our public servants are truly among our most valuable assets,” said Governor McAuliffe on WRVA’s “Ask the Governor” radio show.

The two-year budget plan includes $159.5 million for the following pay increases:

$60.6 million for a 2 percent base pay increase for all state employees, including college and university faculty and staff, effective July 10, 2017. Employees are eligible for the pay increase if they received an appropriate rating on their most recent performance evaluation.

$83.3 million for the state’s share of a 2 percent salary increase for teachers and other instructional and support positions covered by the Standards of Quality, effective July 10, 2017.

$15.6 million for 2 percent pay increases for state-supported local employees, including sheriff’s deputies and other constitutional officers and staff, voter registrars and local electoral board employees, community services board staff and local social services board employees, effective August 1, 2017. These raises are contingent on certification by the local city or county governing board.

The pay proposals in the budget plan are contingent on a stable revenue forecast for fiscal year 2018.

Governor McAuliffe will unveil his complete biennial budget on Dec. 17 in Richmond.

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