This article cites the $1.6B saved by the State as a result of the 2017 concessions agreement, indicating that promised raises are now due and should be honored. The article concludes, arguing against political cries to forgo the raiseas to help offset unexpected budget problems due to the pandemic
“Flogging the unions for insisting on their pay raises is an easy political play. But forgoing those raises would not have fixed things. Placing all the blame on state workers for the challenges that lie ahead would be a cop out.”
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