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Lawmakers Review Bill to End Longevity Pay for State Workers

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada lawmakers are reviewing a bill to end a longevity pay program for state employees that state officials say is largely ineffective in attracting Millennials.

The Assembly Ways and Means Committee held a hearing Tuesday to discuss AB436.

Longevity payments kick in after a worker puts in eight years of continuous state service and start at $150 a year. The payment grows up to a maximum of $2,350 annually.

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Department of Administration chief Jim Wells said Millennial workers are much more likely to switch jobs and are less inclined than past generations to serve 30 years in state employment.

The longevity pay program costs about $14 million every two years. The bill repealing it comes as the governor's budget ends state employee furloughs, which effectively raises pay 2.5 percent.