BOISE -- Public schools chief Tom Luna's proposed budget for next year would increase teacher base pay by $14.8 million, restoring the last of funding being shifted away from salaries to help pay for an education overhaul.
Luna detailed the plan Thursday, saying teacher paychecks would also get a boost from a $22.6 million increase in funding for merit bonuses approved under his reforms. Luna's changes face a November vote after critics succeeded in getting repeal measures on the ballot.
The reforms originally shifted funding from salaries to help pay for the changes, and while further deductions were eliminated in the 2012 session, an initial withdrawal of more than $14 million remained. Luna's budget would eliminate that deduction next year.
Overall, the plan increases state spending on schools by $64.5 million.