The CEC (Change in Employee Compensation) Committee, a special joint committee of the Legislature finished up a week of meetings on Friday by voting unanimously, 17-0 to fund 2 percent in raises for state employees next year – 1 percent for one-time bonuses, and 1 percent for permanent pay increases.
This recommendation will now be shared with the members of the Joint Finance and Appropriations Committee (JFAC) to consider as they begin setting FY 15 budgets.
The CEC Committee’s motion contradicts Governor Otter’s recommendation. He suggested that employees receive no increase in compensation in the coming year.
What does this decision mean for public school employees? School employees are not state employees; consequently, the CEC Committee is not charged with making recommendations regarding their compensation.
However, at least one legislator, Senate Education Chairman John Goedde (R-CDA), who serves as a member of the CEC Committee wrote in his weekly email to constituents, “I made certain that everyone understood there would be some expectation that a similar pot of money would be available to the education budget.”
Expect this discussion to be continued in the weeks ahead.