The State Employees Association is sending negotiators back to the bargaining table, after a tentative agreement had been reached with the state. The $35 million agreement would give state workers their first raise in 5 years, but requires state employees to pay health care deductibles for the first time.
State employees may be getting their first raises in 5 years, after labor unions reached tentative agreements with the state Tuesday night.
Wages will rise 1.5 percent this July, then 2.25 percent in both 2014 and 2015. But, workers will have to contribute to their dental plans, and pay a gradually increasing health insurance deductible.
That is: IF union leadership signs off on the agreements. State Employees Association president Diana Lacey says the master bargaining team will present the agreement to her union’s leadership Thursday night:
At issue for Governor Hassan was a provision in the House version of the bill that would allow qualifying patients to grow their own marijuan. Hassan also didn’t like that the House wanted to permit doctors to prescribe cannabis to treat PTSD.
The N.H. Senate had removed both provisions from the its version bill at Hassan’s behest, and House negotiators say under the circumstances going along made sense. Concord Democrat Jim McKay is Chairman of the House Health and Human Services Committee.
The Strafford County Superior Court ruled Monday that part of the education tax credit law passed last year is unconstitutional. The court concluded that the privately raised scholarships amount to public funds.