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Senators Approve Pay Package for State Employees

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North Dakota Senators have adopted a negotiation between House and Senate leaders regarding state employee pay and retirement benefits.

The $104 million increase in salaries, retirement and health insurance is included in House Bill 1015, the budget for Office of Management and Budget.

The Senate's position on the pay package was similar to the Governor's proposal, the House's position was less and included no increase to the retirement fund.

The agreement now is a 4% increase in 2013 and a 3% increase in 2014.

It adds a 1% contribution increase by the state and employee to the retirement fund and $95 a month to cover the state's share of health insurance.

Grand Forks Senator Ray Holmberg says, "at the end of the day, we weren't cheering there were some things we would have liked to do differently. But the perfection is the purview of God and we just do the best we can. I think this is what you have before you today, it's about the best we could do."

This bill will now head to conference committee.

Senator Holmberg says the agreement on the pay package for state employees will free up 14 agency budget bills.

The issue was the only disagreement between House and Senate members negotiating on those bills in conference committees.

 

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