University of Hawaii economic experts say a 20-percent pay cut for state employees, including public school teachers, floated by Gov. David Ige’s administration would worsen Hawaii’s economic slump for several years.
Pay cuts for Hawaii state employees seem less likely after a new $470 billion coronavirus relief plan appeared ready for Congressional approval, while the president said further aid to state and localities would be discussed as part of the next aid package.
Gov. David Ige told a news conference Monday, “I just really want to assure everyone that salary reductions would be the last resort” in dealing with plummeting tax revenues because of the coronavirus.
The superintendent answered questions that are on many educators' minds, from a potential pay cut and budget issues to how school might look assuming classes reopen in the fall.
Gov. David Ige said Friday that his controversial idea of cutting state employees’ pay by 20 percent—including that of educators—might not happen after all, and unions have been told even if salary cuts happen, they’ll start later than originally planned. "It is possible that there would be no salary cuts at all," he said.
HSTA President Corey Rosenlee said, “As long as there was ambiguity about when school would open, it made it very difficult for our teachers to plan. Now we know what’s going to happen with the rest of the school year."
She helped create a Twitter teacher group, founded her school's robotics team and innovates inside and outside the classroom.
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