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Lawmakers: Teacher Pay raise Talks Delaying Budget Agreement

(Olympia, WA)  --  Washington state lawmakers say negotiations over teacher pay raises are part of the reason an agreement on a supplemental budget hasn't yet been reached.  Democrats, including Governor Jay Inslee, have proposed increasing pay for beginning teachers, saying Washington is losing educators to other states that offer higher salaries.  Republican Senator Bruce Dammeier told "The Olympian" the Senate leadership prefers to wait until next year for teacher pay raises, when the Legislature intends to address a Supreme Court mandate to fully fund public education.

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