Budget error deals higher education workers smaller pay hike
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Workers at Nevada’s colleges and universities won’t get a full 3 percent pay raise as promised by Gov. Steve Sisolak because of a budgeting error.
The Nevada System of Higher Education reported it will only be able to offer a 2.4 percent pay raise over the next two years lawmakers budgeted $6.4 million less than needed.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the governor’s office realized in March it had miscalculated how much was needed to cover the cost-of-living pay raise for higher education workers.
Sisolak’s office says legislative staffers were notified but Sen. Joyce Woodhouse, who chairs the Senate’s finance committee, says she learned of the error hours before lawmakers adjourned Monday after the budget had already closed.
The state Board of Regents plans to discuss the hole in the budget during a quarterly meeting Thursday and Friday.