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Mason County delegates talk pay raises, PEIA


Point Pleasant Register

From left, Delgates Scott Brewer, Jim Butler, Josh Higginbotham.
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Editor’s note: Comments for this article received prior to the State Senate’s decision not to bring the House of Delegates’s pay raise bill to the floor on Thursday.)

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia House of Delegates passed a 5 percent pay raise for teachers on Wednesday, with those delegates who represent Mason County constituents all voting in the affirmative.

Under House Bill 4145, which was approved by a 98-1 vote, teachers, service personnel and State Police will receive an average 5-percent raise effective July 1. The bill affects state employees whose salaries are directly set by code; raises for other state employees will be addressed in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget bill, which will be considered in the coming days. Voting for HB 4145 were local Delegates Scott Brewer and Josh Higginbotham of the 13th District and Jim Butler of the 14th District. Under the bill, teachers will receive a $2,020 salary increase, service personnel will receive $1,100 and State Police will receive $2,160.

Gov. Jim Justice, on Wednesday, also submitted a revised revenue forecast for the 2019 fiscal year, increasing General Revenue Fund collections by $58 million.

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