House, Senate could begin negotiating 2.5 percent pay increase this week
State employees, including UA faculty and staff, may receive smaller-than-expected pay raises this year, but Senate Democrats say they oppose eliminating them entirely as Gov. Jane Dee Hull proposed.
The Democrats have hinted that they may negotiate this week with House Republicans who also want to eliminate pay raises. A compromise could lead to a pay raise smaller than the 5 percent increase approved late last year.
Last Wednesday, Democratic Sen. Ruth Solomon, chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said she was committed to keeping 5 percent raises scheduled for distribution to all public employees April 1.