State, employee unions have tentative agreements
The raise would be the first for state workers in five years, but the agreement calls for employees to pay a deductible for the first time, although insurance premiums would remain the same.
The money for the new contract will have to be included in the budget House and Senate budget writers are currently negotiating.
“After the elimination of 1,100 positions, five straight years without a cost-of-living increase, and numerous other sacrifices made by state employees, the tentative agreement is a fair deal for employees and taxpayers that will help working families make ends meet and provide important health care savings to the state,” said Gov. Maggie Hassan’s communications director Marc Goldberg.
House Finance Committee Chair Mary Jane Wallner, D-Concord, presented a plan that would eliminate a $50 million across-the-board reduction in personnel costs resulting in an estimated 700 layoffs and a $7 million reduction for the Health and Human Services Department.
He said the Senate would have its own proposal Wednesday morning. The House did agree Tuesday morning to an additional $430,000 reduction to the Judicial Branch budget the Senate proposed.
The Senate approved a budget of $10.7 billion, while the House’s budget is $11 billion. Both the House’s and Senate’s plans spend approximately $2.8 billion general fund money.
Negotiators’ deadline is Thursday at noon for the Senate and 4 p.m. for the House.
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