WV Senate Looks Ready to Approve Pay Raises

The state Senate appears ready to raise the pay of West Virginia public employees, including teachers and judicial officers.

The Senate amended pending legislation Friday that provides one year's worth of permanent raises. It would increase general tax and lottery revenue spending by nearly $70 million annually.

Raises range from $500 for school workers to $32,000 for the adjutant general. It gives teachers $1,488, county magistrates $7,500, and Supreme Court justices $15,000. Most state employees would receive two-percent pay hikes, or at least $500.

The House passed a pay bill Wednesday that excluded the judiciary but offered teachers a second year of increases. The Senate replaced that measure with its own Friday, and could vote Monday on passage.

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