House OKs Suspension Of Teacher Raises

OLYMPIA (AP) — The state House has passed a measure suspending cost-of-living raises for teachers over the next two years.

The chamber passed the bill late Thursday night on a 54-36 vote. It now goes to the Senate.

The cost-of-living adjustments were spelled out in Initiative 732, which has been suspended several times. But they would be suspended through mid-2015 for school district employees, community and technical college academic employees and classified employees at technical colleges, saving the state nearly $330 million. The measure also suspends inflation adjustments to bonuses issued to board-certified teachers during that same timeframe.

The measure is needed to implement a newly agreed-upon budget deal between the House and Senate.

The cost-of-living bill is House Bill 2043.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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