Some highlights: • 2% pay raise for teachers and most state employees
• $20.8 million for children's autism services
• $2.5 million for behavioral health services for children ages 0-4
• 19% pay raise for DFCS caseworkers
The Governor is recommending that the state base salary schedule be increased 2% effective September 1, 2017, but did not address the existing $167 million shortfall. Nutrition workers, bus drivers, nurses, and RESA employees would also get a 2% raise under the Governor's plan.
Lawmakers are out of session next week, and will reconvene for Legislative Day 5 on Monday, January 23, 2017.
The State Board of Education held its January meetings on Wednesday and Thursday. The agenda for the Committee of the Whole is here.
The Governor has appointed two new members to the State Board of Education: