The Legislative Procedures and Arrangements Committee is now on-record supporting pay raises for state employees.
The Committee approved a proposal to give Legislative branch employees two percent raises each year of the upcoming biennium.
Senate Appropriations Committee chairman Ray Holmberg (R-Grand Forks) made the motion to put money for those raises in the branch’s budget proposal.
"We are sending a message," Holmberg said in an interview. "The Legislature feels state employees deserve a pay raise."