Beshear again targeting pay raise for teachers, state employees

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear says he is prepared to make another push to increase salaries for Kentucky public educators and state employees.

Beshear cited a record $1.1 billion surplus in the state budget, and wants to bring back his plan originally mentioned in his governor campaign to raise pay for teachers and state employees.

The last raise for school personnel and state workers was in 2016.

Beshear’s first two-year proposed budget in 2020 included his promised $2,000 raise for all full-time public school teachers and a 1 percent salary increase each year for state workers. The pay raises were estimated to cost $106.5 million in the first fiscal year and $114.4 million in the second year, according to Beshear spokesperson, Crystal Staley.

However, this would have to be approved by the state legislature, where it has faced considerable opposition.

More on this from the Lexington Herald-Leader can be found here.

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