Members of three public employee unions have reportedly OK'd a proposal negotiated with Gov. Brian Schweitzer's administration to raise their base pay by 5 percent in 2013 and 2014.
The proposal, which must be approved by the state Legislature in the 2013 session, would give employees a 5 percent raise starting July 1, and 5 percent a year later.
It also calls for increasing the state's health insurance contribution by 10 percent in each year of the upcoming biennium. The proposed deal would cost up to $138 million from all sources of funds, including $71 million from the state general fund, state Budget Director Dan Villa told the Lee Newspapers State Bureau.
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