Senate considers salary reduction bill

The Senate Ways and means committee will hold a public hearing today at 3:30 on a bill to reduce state employees’ wages by 3 percent. Senate Bill 5860 is sponsored by the chair of the Ways & Means Committee, Sen. Ed Murray (Seattle).

SB 5860 reduces base salaries for all general government employees, but sets up special circumstances for those in higher education.

State universities are required to reduce compensation for classified employees by 3 percent through temporary salary reductions, leave without pay, reduced work hours, or temporary layoffs. The bill also directs public colleges and universities to cut compensation for non-classified employees and promises additional “savings targets” (Oly-speak for budget cuts) in the Omnibus Appropriations Act, the 2011-2013 budget. The bill exempts from the cuts full-time people with a monthly salary less than $2,500.
Go here to read the bill and watch it move and change as it progresses through the legislature.


About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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