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Published January 26, 2011, 10:09 AM

Minnesota Teacher Pay Freeze

The Minnesota Senate Education Committee has approved a proposal for a statewide pay freeze for school employees on a 9-7 vote.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Minnesota Senate Education Committee has approved a proposal for a statewide pay freeze for school employees on a 9-7 vote.

Republican Sen. Dave Thompson, of Lakeville, is proposing to freeze pay for two years, including costs-of-living adjustments and rewards for experience and additional schooling.

He says the proposal will help school districts manage their costs at a time of tight budgets. The bill would not affect contracts that are currently in place. It does not prevent districts from spending more on employees' health insurance.

The bill also prohibits unions from striking over the salary freeze.

Teachers union president Don Sinner says freezing salaries while health care costs are rising could drive some young teachers out of the profession.

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