She presented charts showing that pay for WMS in Ecology is out of whack with national averages for executive pay. She also presented data about how the state could save tens of millions of dollars by trimming the size of WMS, including just not replacing WMS employees who leave state service.
“We’re seeing an inequity and we’d like to see more reform in this area,” Graber told the House Ways and Means Committee.
Stan Leja, an Ecology hydrogeologist and member of Local 443, said the current fiscal crisis presents an opportunity for action.
“It think it’s (HB 2998) something that’s needed but doesn’t go far enough,” Leja said. “I think it needs to be permanent.”
Seaquist said further legislation getting at the WMS problem is coming.