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State pact with State Police ends longevity pay, boosts pay

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HARTFORD, CT (AP) -

The Malloy administration and Connecticut State Police Union have agreed to a tentative contract raising pay by 9 percent over three years and abolishing additional pay based on length of service.

Representatives of both sides called the agreement fair. It was announced Wednesday.

Suzanne Bates, policy director at the Yankee Institute, a conservative think tank in Hartford, said ending longevity pay, which applies to hires after July 1, is a good step for Connecticut. The state has been eliminating the seniority-based pay since 2011.

She disagreed with the proposed raises when they are factored in with step increases.

Union President Andrew Matthews defended the raises as reasonable because officers risk their lives.

The deal, which extends from July 1 through June 30, 2018, heads to union members and the legislature for approval.

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