Budget writers settle on state employee raise levels


BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican-led appropriations committees have agreed on the level of state employee raises for the next two-year budget cycle.

Budget writers say employees should expect a 2 percent raise in the first year, with a minimum of $120 monthly and a maximum of $200.

A 2.5 percent increase is proposed in the second year of the budget cycle. The increase is expected to cost about $84.4 million in the 2019-21 biennium

Employees did not receive a pay increase in the current budget cycle.

Gov. Doug Burgum had proposed 4 percent raises in the first year of the budget cycle and 2 percent in the second, with a potential for an additional 2 percent if agencies meet efficiency goals.

Workers also will continue to get fully paid health insurance.

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