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Workers at CNM not guaranteed 1.5 percent raise

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Next year’s state budget includes enough money for higher education employees to get a 1.5 percent raise, but that won’t necessarily be the case at Central New Mexico Community College, President Kathie Winograd said Wednesday.

CNM receives about 40 percent of its funding from the state, but much of the remainder comes from local property taxes.

“The part of the state budget earmarked for higher education salaries only provides CNM with enough funding for about 40 percent of our employees to receive salary increases of 1.5 percent,” Winograd said in a letter to the CNM community.

Winograd said the college’s budget won’t be completed until mid-April.

While it’s only speculation at this point, spokesman Brad Moore said, the CNM Governing Board could find additional money to give all employees a 1.5 percent raise, or it could spread out the state money so everyone gets a smaller pay hike. And those are just two of several possible scenarios, he said.

The $6.2 billion state budget signed Tuesday by Gov. Susana Martinez also includes 3 percent raises for rank-and-file state workers and public school teachers.

“I just want to make sure everyone understands that we did not receive state funding for 3 percent salary increases,” Winograd said.

“Many of the state employees who are scheduled to get 3 percent salary increases through the state budget haven’t had any salary increases for several years,” she said. “Fortunately at CNM, we have been able to provide employees with compensation increases in each of the last four years. Last year, the Governing Board approved a 2 percent salary increase for all employees. The previous year, employees received a 5 percent salary increase.”

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