The LAO's analysis notes that the Department of Finance will determine next May whether the state's finances are stable enough to trigger the first part of the raise on July 1, 2014. The LAO says the state would save $135 million if the raises are put off until 2015.
The Senate committee analysis notes the average state worker has seen his or her salary reduced by $21,000 since furloughs began in 2008.
The new contract also includes an increase in the reimbursement amount for state employee travel expenses. The new per diem meal rate will increase from $34 to $40 and the new lodging rate, which varies by county, will go from a range of $84 to $140 to $90 to $150 a day. The reimbursement rate for lodging in Sacramento, Napa, and Riverside counties will be $95 a day.
The audio for today's hearing is available here.
PHOTO: Senator Jim Beall, D-San Jose, chairman of the Senate Committee on Public Employment and Retirement, in Senate chambers on March 11, 2013. The Sacramento Bee/ Hector Amezcua