Cheyenne, WY (AP) - Gov. Matt Mead says this is the year for Wyoming lawmakers to approve substantial raises for state employees.
Mead is delivering his State of the State address to lawmakers Monday in Cheyenne.
Mead says many state workers haven't received a raise in the past four years. He says the state is starting to lose workers as their benefits fail to keep pace with inflation.
The budget recommendations that Mead released in December called for just under $50 million for employee raises for state workers outside of the K-12 school system.
The Legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee has recommended cutting his recommendation by $12 million, leaving enough for annual 2 percent raises for the coming two years for most state workers while leaving another $2 million for merit raises.
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