45% pay increase

Let me ask you all this, if you ran a company similar to the state which found it's education department is underfunded and it's highway department is underfunded and the over all budget going up by 17.5% would you feel that is the appropriate time for a pay hike for employees (in some cases raises of 45%)?  That's what state democrats have just done.

Nearly 1 million in raises over the next two years for 100 employees and these don't even include the step raises (4.2%) that are already in the budget and go into effect Jan 1st. This was done in an 8 to 4 vote by the Legislative Facilities Committee with all four Republican members voting against it.

Where do Democrats think all this money is coming from?