Friday, May 25, 2007

House Committee Approves budget for next year

A $29.8 billion spending plan for next year including pay raises for state employees was approved Thursday by the House Appropriations Committee according to this story from the Associated Press.

Before shipping the 2007-08 budget bill to the House of Representatives for debate, the House Appropriations Committee added $410 million in items, including more money for services for the disabled, the state's charity hospitals, elementary and secondary education and dozens of petprojects.

The committee maintained pay raises for everyone from public schoolteachers and college professors to police officers, prison guards, firefighters and state employees. The raises would range from $750 a year for school support workers to $6,000 a year for prison guards. The committee added money to bump up a state trooper pay raise to $4,300 a year.