UPDATE – Inslee’s budget outline upholds worker contracts, suspends COLAs for teachers – overall adds $660M-plus for worker compensation
Public sector workers in state government agencies got a boost from Gov. Jay Inslee’s budget outline Thursday, which proposes to honor contracts with some two-dozen worker unions while also raising taxes to pump $1.2 billion in new spending into K-12 public schools. All told, Inslee’s outline supports an increase in employee compensation of more than $660 million – if pay for private home care workers hired through the Medicaid program is included.
On the other hand, Inslee calls for a suspension of Initiative 732 for the third straight budget cycle, canceling cost-of-living raises for teachers. The Washington Education Association criticizes that …