The Montana Board of Regents has approved more than $1.3 billion in budgets for the coming year that include raises for most of the university system's 8,000 employees, breaking with other state agencies that have kept salaries flat.
The board wrapped up a two-day meeting in Billings Thursday by approving raises of 1 percent of salary plus $500 this year, then 2 percent plus another $500 next fall, the Billings Gazette and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle reported.
Regents approved a 5 percent student tuition increase in May in part to pay for salary increases that university system faculty and staff have not seen in at least two years.
Kevin McRae, the system's associate commissioner for communications and human resources, said 73 percent of the University of Montana's tuition hike will be spent on raises for faculty and staff. At Montana State University, 67 percent of the tuition increases will go toward raises.