Politics & Government

May 24, 2011 1:50 PM

Budget deal: Pay cuts for K-12, state workers

For public employees, it could have been worse. The

proposed budget agreement between Senate and House negotiators

of both parties was released this morning. “You knew it was coming but it’s still a grim day with the budget cuts,” said Mary Lindquist, president of the 80,000-member Washington Education Association. The union members include K-12 teachers who will see pay cuts of 1.9 percent – in addition to losing a cost-of-living pay increase, but still will get a “step” increase based on an individual teacher’s level of education.

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