Thursday Wrap: No raises in early pieces of budget

Posted May 12, 2016

— House Appropriations subcommittees began rolling out pieces of the chamber's 2016-17 budget proposal on Thursday, but there was no information about possible raises for teachers and state workers.

One policy provision included the spending plan would give more weight to student academic growth and less to test scores in determining how to grade schools. Two other provisions would eliminate tolls on state ferries and eliminate a cap on funding for light rail projects.

The full budget is expected Monday or Tuesday, as House leaders have said they want to approve it by the end of next week.

A Senate committee approved a proposal to allow easier access to an antidote to opioid overdoses, and the full House passed a bill that would create felony offenses for killing or seriously hurting someone while piloting a boat drunk.

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  • James Hawk May 13, 2016
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    It's hard to be concerned about pay raises or which bathroom to use when your fighting to keep your job. But as long as we get teachers pay raises and figure out where to go potty, nobody's worried about cutting 250 DOT employees.