2004 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Plum
Teacher 5% Salary Increase

Item 145 #3h

Item 145 #3h

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Education: Elementary and Secondary
Direct Aid To Public Education FY2005 $143,400,000 FY2006 $94,300,000 GF

Page 103, line 40, strike "$265,335,825" and insert "$408,735,825".
Page 103, line 40, strike "$275,092,690" and insert "$369,392,690".
Page 104, after line 28, insert:
"e.1) The appropriations contained in this item include an amount estimated at $143,400,000 the first year and $94,300,000 the second year from the general fund for the state share of salary increases along with the related fringe benefit costs to public school instructional and support staff positions funded through the Standards of Quality and other state-funded accounts. The second year's apportionment shall also have the $50,892,792 from the Central Appropriations account transferred into this account to fully fund the cost of the five percent salary increase.
2) These compensation payments shall be made in the second year on the basis of an amount equivalent to the state share of a five percent salary increase effective July 1, 2004.
3) It is the intent of the General Assembly that the average classroom teacher salary throughout the state be improved in the first year by an amount equivalent to at least five percent at the beginning of the year. Sufficient funds are appropriated in this item to finance the state share of such salary increases.  
4) These compensation payments shall be paid to school divisions that certify to the Department of Education, no later than July 1, 2004, that equivalent increases have been granted in the first year.
5) These funds shall be matched by the local government, based on the composite index of local ability-to-pay.
6) This funding is not intended as a mandate to increase salaries."

(This amendment is self-explanatory.)