House rejects ‘statement of intent’ legislation on state pay raises

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North Dakota House members have strongly rejected a bill that would have signaled that chamber’s intent with respect to pay raises for state employees.

The bill’s failure does not reject or affect pay hikes for state workers outright — it was merely a legislative “statement of understanding” that permanent state employees should get a pay hike of $300 per month starting in July, and an average increase of 1 percent starting in July 2020.

By rejecting House Bill 1057, House members have said, in effect, they do not intend to specify a preference for how state employee pay raises should be determined or at what level they should be set.

The bill failed in the House on a 26 to 66 vote.

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