New budget plan has raises for Virginia teachers and state employees

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Posted at 5:37 AM, Mar 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-10 06:49:32-04

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia lawmakers have approved raises and bonuses for state employees and public school teachers in their final budget proposal.

Lawmakers unveiled their latest $135-billion two-year state budget proposal Monday and are expected to give it final approval on Thursday.

The proposal includes the state's share of 2% raises for public school teachers for the next two fiscal years, while many state employees would receive a 3% bonus this year and a 3% raise next year.

Teacher pay is a hot button issue in Virginia this year, as teachers have been pressing lawmakers for significant increases.