But senators were right to insist a committee look into Justice’s claim that, suddenly, he has reason to believe that next year, the state will collect $58 million more than forecast previously. That amount happens to be what it would take to grant Justice’s suggested pay raise.
Have West Virginians not seen enough midyear government spending cuts — including some affecting schools — because of unrealistic revenue estimates? Regardless of how one feels about the pay raise, simple prudence dictates someone ensure the $58 million will materialize.
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