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W.Va. Senate to consider boosting trooper pay, force size

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A bipartisan group of West Virginia senators is proposing that the state gradually hire 800 additional state troopers and increase their starting pay.

Senate President Jeff Kessler said Friday that West Virginia has not had a state trooper cadet training class in the last two years and that the state is losing state troopers through attrition.

He said that pay raises may be necessary to attract new troopers, but acknowledged that any pay raise may be difficult to pass in the current political climate.

A proposed pay raise for magistrates recently spurred a contentious floor debate in the House, and the Senate finance chairman has said that he doesn't think the magistrate pay raise will pass his committee.

The starting salary for state troopers is currently just more than $41,000.


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