"If you do a percentage [raise]," he said, "it only widens the gap."
Sen. Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, stressed that, under existing law, teachers get annual increment pay raises of about 1.5 percent.
"There is a guaranteed, built-in salary increase for the first 35 years," Carmichael said. After 35 years' service, there are no additional increment pay increases under the law.
Plymale said the $1,000 across-the-board raise would have a larger price tag than the 2 percent proposal.
Tomblin's proposed 2 percent hike has an annual cost of about $34.26 million. A fiscal note for the amended bill was not available Thursday.
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