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January 5, 2005

Atlanta- The Governor is promising educators and state employees a little more money in their paychecks.

Wednesday, Governor Sonny Perdue called for a 2 percent raise for teachers and state employees. He wanted the same raise for teachers last year, but legislators delayed the it. If the General Assembly approves the raise, teachers will begin getting the money next fall.

"Frankly, we wish we were in budget shape to do more, but it's still tight budget times and I think it's significant that we would have a pay raise that would start in September for our teachers," Perdue said.

State employees would begin getting the money next January. Lt. Governor Mark Taylor said Wednesday he supports the pay hike, though he says it doesn't keep up with cost of living increases.

posted at 10:11 p.m. by brannon.stewart@walb.com