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Published April 22, 2013, 06:16 PM

ND legislature takes up state employee pay raises

North Dakota Senators have adopted a negotiation between House and Senate leaders regarding state employee pay and retirement benefits. The $104 million increase in salaries, retirement and health insurance is included in House Bill 1015, the budget for Office of Management and Budget.

North Dakota Senators have adopted a negotiation between House and Senate leaders regarding state employee pay and retirement benefits. The $104 million increase in salaries, retirement and health insurance is included in House Bill 1015, the budget for Office of Management and Budget.

The Senate's position on the pay package was similar to the Governor's proposal while the House's position was less and included no increase to the retirement fund. The agreement now is a four percent increase in 2013 and a three percent increase in 2014. It adds a one percent contribution increase to the retirement fund and $95 per month to cover the state's share of health insurance.

Sen. Ray Holmberg (R) Grand forks: "At the end of the day we weren't cheering. There were some things we would have liked to do differently. But perfection is the purview of God and we just do the best we can."

This bill will now head to conference committee. Senator Holmberg says the agreement on the pay package for state employees will free up 14 agency budget bills.

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