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Virginia Republican Leaders Propose Massive Pay Raise for Troopers

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP)- Republican state leaders are proposing large pay increases for state troopers and sheriffs' deputies, along with a 3 percent pay raise for other state employees.
    
GOP budget leaders in the House and Senate said at a capitol news conference Wednesday they had come to broad agreement on state pay issues.
    
Troopers would get nearly a $7,000 raise under the GOP proposal, plus another 3 percent increase that other state employees will receive. Starting pay for a state trooper will go from around $36,000 to about $44,000. Troopers have long complained of morale problems and high turnover because of low pay.
    
The 3 percent raises would not apply to public school teachers.
    
Republicans were light on specifics about how they would pay for the increases, saying they would provide details later.

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