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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia lawmakers are set to give themselves potentially significant pay raises by boosting their take-home for attending official meetings when the legislature is not in session from $200 to $300 a day.

A new budget proposal set to be approved Friday includes $213,065 extra each year for the pay bump, which amounts to about $1,500 extra per lawmaker a year.

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Governor Jack Markell gave is last state of the state address yesterday hailing the changes that have taken place as Delaware emerges from the Great Recession.

The Delaware Democrat said the state must still evolve calling for higher pay for teachers and to meet the changing economy he wanted to expand job training programs.

In addition, he said it was time to revamping health care coverage for state employees.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Lawmakers are returning to Richmond to kick off the 2016 legislative session and to hear Gov. Terry McAuliffe's State of the Commonwealth speech.

The Democratic governor is entering his third year in office and will be seeking support from state lawmakers to support his $109 billion proposed budget that includes a billion-dollar increase in education spending, small corporate and individual tax cuts, and a 2 percent raise for state employees.

He delivers his third State of the Commonwealth address Wednesday night.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe is proposing a billion dollar increase in education spending, small tax cuts, and a 2 percent raise for state employees.

The Democratic governor is also renewing his long-shot push to convince the GOP-controlled General Assembly to approve an expansion of Medicaid.

McAuliffe unveiled his $109 billion two-year budget proposal Thursday at the Capitol. He says he took a conservative approach to spending that will help improve Virginia's long-term economic outlook.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe plans to detail how he wants the state's $109 billion budget spent over the next two years.

McAuliffe is set to outline his budget plan to state lawmakers Thursday at the Capitol.

The Democratic governor has already outlined some of his budget priorities, which include cutting the corporate tax rate and giving state employees a 2 percent raise.

Higher-than-predicted tax revenues have given McAuliffe more leeway in crafting his budget. 

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe says his forthcoming budget proposal will include a 2 percent pay raise for state workers, college faculty, school teachers and other public employees.

McAuliffe made the announcement Thursday during a regular appearance on WRVA's "Ask the Governor" radio show.

The governor is set to unveil his two-year budget plan on Dec. 17. It will be the starting point of negotiations with the GOP-controlled General Assembly.

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The fight over the education budget in Worcester County was expected to see teachers at Snow Hill High School begin working to the rule.

They met on a grassy knoll where buses drop off students in the morning and are protesting the lack of a pay raise yet again.

Worcester County officials say that there is no money for the $4 million budget increase request by school Superintendent Jerry Wilson.

The county faces a $22 million short fall and it is trying to partially close that with a six cent tax hike.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - State employees and public school teachers would get a small pay increase under new budget proposals.

Both chambers of the GOP-controlled General Assembly unveiled proposed budgets Sunday that include varying levels of raises for state workers between 1.5 percent and 3 percent.

The Senate is proposing slightly higher pay increases for state employees than the House.

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe did not include across-the-board pay increases for state employees in the budget he proposed in December, but has said he supports them.

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DOVER, Del. (AP) - The legislature's budget writing committee has unanimously approved a pay raise for most state employees despite a $41 million gap between projected revenue and Gov. Jack Markell's spending plan for the fiscal year starting July 1.

Joint Finance Committee members on Tuesday voted to approve a $500 pay increase for most state employees effective Jan. 1. Overall personnel costs, including increased pension contributions and adjustments to teacher pay, would increase by about $22 million over the current year.

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The Salisbury City Council is expected to take up a 12 percent pay hike during its next formal meeting.

During its work session yesterday Council President Jake Day pushed an informal vote to move the measure along.

But with reelection looming next year for all the council members and the Mayor there could be a symbolic problem.

The Salisbury Daily Times reports that council member Tim Spies noted the economy still struggling and he does not expect it to get any better anytime soon.

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Salisbury's nearly 400 city employees will be getting a pay increase in January.

The city council approved a measure that will take savings from a previous budget for the pay hikes.

The vote comes after a $40-thousand study by Evergreen Solutions LLC that found 80 percent of city employees earn less than the mid-point of their pay ranges.

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Mayor Jim Ireton has given the Salisbury the city council a proposal to increase wages.

Mayor Ireton says it's about getting to the average of what everybody who does these positions throughout the mid-Atlantic region is making."

In August the Salisbury Daily Times reported that 80 percent of Salisbury's nearly 4,000 city employees earn less than the midpoint of their pay ranges.

This comes after his office found more than a million dollars in savings, 700,000 of which will be allocated to the wage increases.

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The president of the Salisbury City Council Jake Day and council member Shanie Shields is calling on the Interim City Administrator Tom Stevenson to implement a recommended 8.5 percent pay increase for city employees.

They said the pay hike is needed to make city salaries more competitive with other public employers.

During a council work session, Day said that he wanted to see the pay increase to be considered and implemented quickly.

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - School employees in Anne Arundel County would receive pay raises under an agreement being voted on this week.

The county school board is scheduled to vote Wednesday on terms of employment that would give salary step increases and cost-of-living adjustments to thousands of school district employees.

The cost-of-living adjustments would range from 1 percent to 2 percent of employees' salaries, depending on position, and they would take effect next month. The step increases would go into effect early next year.

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The Salisbury city Council unanimously decided to seek $65000 to increase salaries for the Police Department.

That’s more than the $400,000 Mayor Jim Ireton and Police Chief Barbara Duncan sought.

This week, Duncan and Wicomico County State’s Attorney Matt Maciarello described a hard working understaffed department with hectic schedules and rookie mistakes.

One high ranking officer told the council that his fellow officers were nearing “the breaking point”.

 Delaware state workers will get a 1 percent pay hike this coming July.

The legislative committee, which is drafting the state’s 2013 fiscal budget, approved the compromise after its co-chairs had asked for a 2 percent raise on Tuesday.

The Wilmington News Journal reports the raise would cover all state workers and retirement pensions as well as public education employees including state college and university staff.

The cost will be $20.7 million.

That’s about $10 million less than the 2 percent proposal.