On his way out, Gov. Jerry Brown offers prison guards a big raise

California’s state correctional officers would get their biggest raise since the recession if they approve a tentative agreement for a one-year contract their union struck with Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration this month.

The deal includes a 5 percent general wage increase that would take effect on July 1, 2019.

. . . The state human resources department estimates that the new prison contract will cost $114.6 million in the budget year that begins July 1. Over the next two years, it’s expected to cost $331 million.

The union’s 2016-19 contract swelled spending on prison employee compensation by about $600 million over the life of the deal, according to the Legislative Analyst’s Office.

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