Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez announced that state workers will be receiving a 4 percent pay raise this September and a 3 percent raise in 2006. All this stems from a plan approved Tuesday, May 17, 2005 by the Texas Legislature's top budget writers.

"Last night was a big night for not only state employees, but for Texas," Martinez stated. "Last night we did the right thing and that is honoring the efforts of state employees across this great State for their dedication to Texas." The approval of the across-the-board salary increases is the first in the past four years and features raises in areas such as hazardous duty pay and longevity pay. "I congratulate all state employees on this feat today and feel that Texas will benefit from this raise in numerous areas." Representative Martinez has been supporting the raise thoroughly throughout this legislative session and is proud to see this measure take place. The pay raise was passed through a 10 member legislative committee that has been selected to sort through the differences of both the House and Senate versions of the $139 billion proposed budget for the 2006-2007 years.

The measure was a compromise of both the House and Senates' versions of the pay raise and awaits final passage by both chambers of the Texas Legislature. The 10-member committees' intention is to have it approved by the end of the 79th Legislative Session, which is May 30, 2005.

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