LITTLE ROCK — The House voted 93-0 Thursday to approve and send to the governor a bill to revise the state pay plan and give raises to about 25,000 state employees.


Senate Bill 289 by Sen Bart Hester, R-Cave Springs, which passed previously in the Senate, would raise state employees’ wages so that the lowest annual salary would by $22,000, up from about $17,000. The bill is projected to cost $57 million in the fiscal year that begins July 1.


The bill would not affect employees of the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, the Game and Fish Commission, colleges and universities, constitutional officers, judges or legislative agencies.