Posted: Mar 24, 2013 1:15 PM by MTN News
HELENA - There's good news for those Montana state employees who have not received a pay raise in four years as the State Employee Pay Plan finally made it out of committee on Saturday.
The House Appropriations Committee voted to move legislation that would pump $114 million to state employees.
The bill would give lowered-paid state employees would a 5% pay increase this July, and another one in July of 2014.
"We did not put who gets this amount of a raise, or that amount of a raise. Were saying that the pay of employees must be increased as determined by the executive branch through negotiations with particular attention to the lower pay bands and those who did not receive a pay increase during the last biennium," said Rep. Steve Gibson (R-East Helena).
The bill's sponsor, Rep. Kathy Swanson (D-Anaconda), the bill was long over due. Now that it has made it out of committee, it will move to the house floor for a second reading.