State workers will get a pay raise for the first time in 6 years. One advocate who fought to free up that cash is now working to get workers even more money.
"State employees are very, very happy with where things are at this point," said Jim Roberts with the Virginia Governmental Employees Association. "We've been working on this for years."
Roberts says the association is now being flooded with phone calls.
"We probably spent 3 days on the phone," said Roberts. "Responding to people saying thank you."
This increase will be reflected in the August 16, 2013 paycheck for state employees. It is all the result of a $262 million budget surplus. Roberts notes compensation for state employees still runs 20 percent behind the private sector.
"So there is a lot of ground to be made up," said Roberts. "We need to keep working on it. We're not expecting everything to be fixed within a year, but if you can chip away at it, we'll be good."
State workers have gotten bonuses in the past several years, but this is the first official pay raise for workers.
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