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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A new measure would increase Utah's beginning teachers' pay.

The bill aimed at attracting more teachers to the state is sponsored by Representative Brad Johnson of Aurora.

He believes the HB188 bill would allow the state to be more competitive. He says new teachers coming out of college have education debt and they need more money.

But the Utah Education Association, the state's largest teachers union, thinks HB188 needs a broader scope.

The union says while pay raises might attract new teachers, it doesn't improve the old pay scale for veteran teachers.

HB188 would allocate 18-point-3 (M) million dollars to boosting pay. It would also give 2-point-9 (M) million dollars for a teacher mentoring program.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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