PHOENIX - Gov. Jane Dee Hull signed into law a plan passed by the Legislature to balance this year's budget while keeping a $1,450 pay raise for state workers, including UA employees.
The approved package significantly reduces previously promised raises, which had been set at 5 percent for all employees, but it keeps the raises essentially intact for employees making less than $30,000.
"We should be happy we got something," said UA lobbyist Greg Fahey. "That's a very good percentage for people making $25,000-$35,000 a year."
As University of Arizona officials had expected, Hull also line-item vetoed one provision in the budget that would have required agencies to give up half the savings from leaving state jobs vacant.
Had Hull passed that portion of the budget, UA could have faced a $35 million cut, depending on how many people left their jobs.