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They could have frozen "step and column" automatic pay increases for years of service and education or looked at $15 co-pays and other modest shared health benefit costs.
Of course, these are negotiable. And as Sacramento City board Chairman Roy Grimes said Monday, the board can't just make them happen: "Negotiable items have been difficult to come by."
So teachers and other staff members would rather see programs cut (and their colleagues lose jobs) than accept some pay concessions in the changed budget environment.
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