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 http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=5860&year=2011 to read the bill and watch it move and change as it progresses through the legislature.