Alabama boosts pay for state and education employees

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama state employees are getting pay raises for the first time in close to a decade.

Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday signed into law bills that provide a 3 percent boost for state employees, a 2.5 percent increase for school employees and a one-time bonus of $1 a month per year of service for retirees. Raises and bonuses will be effective in the new fiscal year starting October 1, 2018.

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The education pay raise is expected to cost more than $100 million. The total $6.7 billion education budget for the next fiscal year also added $18 million to expand the state’s pre-kindergarten program.

A two-week teachers’ strike in West Virginia led to a 5 percent pay raise earlier this month.

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