Senate approves proposal to give state employees raises
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SANTA FE, N.M. — The Senate approved a proposal Thursday to give all state, public, and higher education workers an additional raise.
The proposed state budget already includes a 5% raise for state workers, but Gallup Sen. George Muñoz convinced the Senate Thursday to bump that up to 6%.
Muñoz said that extra 1% is meant to help public workers deal with inflation and the rising cost of health insurance. That small increase comes with a big price tag though – more than $47 million.
Muñoz suggested this is a response to proposals working to fully cover health insurance premiums for New Mexico teachers.
The proposal now heads over to the House for consideration.