WV Lawmakers Disagree on Pay Raise Recipients

By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer
By: LAWRENCE MESSINA - Associated Press Writer

Enough West Virginia lawmakers support public pay raises, but the question has become who will get them.

Senators voted 27-6 along party lines Monday to approve increases for teachers, school workers, state employees and West Virginia's elected judiciary. The adjutant general would get a $32,000 raise.

The bill would add $70 million to annual general tax and lottery revenue spending. Opponents say that's the wrong move given the fragile state economy.

The House passed a pay raise bill last week. It doesn't include the adjutant general or the judiciary. It also offers a second round of increases to teachers and school workers next year.

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