The Washington State Budget and You

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The Washington Legislature passed Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increases for the 2017-2018 budget year at the conclusion of this year’s session. The budget funded a 2% increase for state employees for the coming year. While there are still some nuances to the budget, it is my pleasure to share with you how Green River College is implementing the increase.


  • Because faculty working in the summer are on a contract that began before the increase was effective, the easiest way to process the increase was to do so for the entire summer quarter. The 2% increase for the summer quarter will be paid as a lump sum on the final summer payroll which is September 11, 2017.
  • All faculty (tenure, tenure-track and adjunct) not teaching in the summer will see the increase when they return this fall.


The salary schedule for classified employees was updated in the system. The increase will be reflected on the July 25th payroll.


The salaries for exempt and administrative employees were updated in the system. The increase will be reflected on the July 25th payroll.


  • Employees making the state-mandated minimum wage of $11.00 have received adjustments as the minimum wage has increased.
  • Employees making more than the state-mandated minimum wage of $11.00 have been updated via modification to PEN forms. As the employment data is re-entered each year in June, payroll entered the 2% increase into the system when performing the annual update.
  • The WFSE has negotiated a $12.00 minimum wage for its part-time hourly members. Those represented, hourly employees making less than $12.00 per hour will have their rates increased to this negotiated minimum. Those above $12.00 will receive the 2% increase.
  • Supervisors do not need to submit a new PEN form. HR will auto-correct the rate on forms submitted.

If you have specific questions after you review your Employee Earning & Leave Statement after the July 25 payroll cycle, do not hesitate to contact the Payroll Office at  Shirley, Elizabeth, and Dawnell are happy to assist you.

– Marshall Sampson
VP of Human Resources & Legal Affairs
Green River College


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