TYC and TDCJ guards will get raises of about 4 percent in addition to a 2.5 percent raise for all state employees.It remains to be seen if the pay raise sticks in the Senate. Vince didn't mention whether employees besides COs at those agencies were included in the amendment - if anybody knows offhand, please update in the comments.
Meanwhile, Matt Wright at the Texas Observer blog writes that the House approved an amendment by Martinez-Fischer to disallow TYC to use funds to pay employees with a past felony. I've written before why I think this is a broad-brush overreaction and a bad idea - a narrower, more targeted restriction would be more appopriate.
I wish everybody would stop all the grandstanding and put on their thinking caps before proposing this stuff. TYC only allowed workers with felonies with authorization from the central office, but there's a really good reason: the agency can't find enough workers in the isolated, rural areas where TYC facilities are located. Everyone who's studied the situation acknowledges that the shortage of workers contributes to the lack of safety for kids and employees alike. But Martinez-Fischer would reduce the potential labor pool! About one in eleven Texas adults has a felony conviction, so in the scheme of things we're talking about a lifetime ban on employment at TYC for quite a lot of folks.