Gov. Mark Warner is guaranteeing 2.25-percent pay raises for state workers, including teachers. Warner told state employees today in Richmond that the state raises would become effective for classified employees in December and for teachers in January. Localities would have to match the state's contribution for the increase.
Also getting a salary boost under the plan: college professors and employees of local constitutional officers like deputy sheriffs.
The Republican-controlled General Assembly crafted a similar $62 million boost for the workers. But it depends on a turnaround in the state's economy.
Warner says that if there's not enough money in the state budget by the fall to finance the raises, he'll make budget cuts elsewhere to get the money. The governor says he's willing to call legislators back into special session in October to find money for the pay raises.