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State worker pay raise bill advances

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia teachers, state employees and judges would get raises under legislation advanced Friday by the state Senate.

Earlier this week, the House of Delegates passed a pay-raise package (HB2879). Senators replaced that with their own version of the legislation.

Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, called the Senate's version more fiscally responsible than the House's version.

The House legislation was estimated to cost $83 million. With the Senate amendments, it would cost $70 million.

The Senate on Friday added large raises for judges, though, which weren't included in the House bill. These raises range from $7,500 for magistrates to $15,000 for Supreme Court justices.

Senators also added a $32,500 raise for the state's adjutant general.

Teachers would receive $1,488 raises under the Senate-amended bill, rather than the $1,800 approved by the House.

School service personnel would receive $500 raises, rather than the $1,000 the House wants.

Higher education employees, State Police troopers, Division of Natural Resources officers, and all other state workers would get 2 percent raises under the amended bill.

The House gave state troopers $970 and DNR officers $835, while other employees would get 2 percent raises.

The bill is scheduled for a vote Monday in the Senate.

Reach Alison Knezevich at alisonk@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1240.


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