The $8.5M Pay Raise

If you’re running for re-election, this ain’t a good way to win some votes:

For 20 years, the state required some of its employees to work more hours than those in other state agencies yet paid them the same.

Now it appears the state is going to pay for that decision — as much as $8.5 million.

The state reached a tentative agreement Monday on a class-action lawsuit that could affect an estimated 15,000 state employees who, from 1973 to 1993, worked 40-hour weeks but received the same pay as others in similar jobs who worked 37.5 hours a week.

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