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General Assembly returns for special session

Monday - 3/24/2014, 12:50am  ET

State government shutdown is possible

WTOP's Alan Etter reports.

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ALAN SUDERMAN

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Gov. Terry McAuliffe is set to propose a 2 percent raise for state employees when lawmakers return to Richmond for a special session in which they will try to pass a roughly $96 billion two-year budget.

McAuliffe spokesman Brian Coy said Sunday that the raise would apply to virtually all full-time state employees and would go into effect in March 2015. Coy declined to say from where the roughly $200 million to cover the raises will come.

The GOP-controlled House's proposed budget contains a 1 percent bonus for state employees in 2015 and then a 1 percent raise in 2016, with some positions targeted for a greater salary increase.


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