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June 28, 2013 at 10:57 PM

Legislature OKs suspension of teacher raises

The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure suspending cost-of-living raises for teachers over the next two years.

The Senate passed the measure on a 25-23 vote Friday night, a day after the House passed it. The measure now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

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.

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