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Arithmetic glitch creates shortfall for the Gov’s 3% raise for state workers and teachers

Gov. Steve Sisolak
A math mistake put state worker pay raises well under 3%. They’re fixing it.

In the rush to finish up what was a very busy legislative session, state lawmakers in Carson City overlooked a math mistake in calculating how much money the state would need on tap to give all state workers, including teachers, a three percent pay raise, covering the next two years.

The mistake was discovered well beyond the date when final modifications to the proposed state budget were due. But Governor Sisolak still promised that all state workers will get their full and richly deserved pay raises, but it’ll take come creative accounting to pull it off. The search is on to find and allocate the money from other state funds. So “the fix” is in and “the oops” is out. Taking into consideration that the Nevada state budget rings in at around $28 billion for the next two years, finding a way to re-assign $6.4 million of that $28 billion for state workers should not be too big of a problem.  It’s got to be less than your average state budget rounding error.

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