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      WA Legislature OKs suspension of teacher raises

      OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) The Washington state Legislature has passed a measure suspending cost-of-living raises for teachers over the next two years.

      The Senate passed the measure on a 25-23 vote Friday night, a day after the House passed it. The measure now goes to Gov. Jay Inslee for his signature.

      The cost-of-living adjustments were spelled out in Initiative 732, which has been suspended several times. But they would be suspended through mid-2015 for school district employees, community and technical college academic employees and classified employees at technical colleges, saving the state nearly $330 million. The measure also suspends inflation adjustments to bonuses issued to board-certified teachers during that same timeframe.

      The measure is needed to implement a newly agreed-upon budget deal between the House and Senate.

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      The cost-of-living bill is House Bill 2043.

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      Online:

      Washington state Legislature: www.leg.wa.gov

      Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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