By PHIL KABLER
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill to provide modest pay raises to teachers, school service personnel and other state employees (Senate Bill 267) advanced to passage stage in the House of Delegates on Monday, after the House rejected costlier options.
That included an amendment for a three-year, 3 percent annual pay raise for teachers and service personnel proposed by House Democrats. Opponents called the amendment fiscally irresponsible because it would have added $108 million to base budget costs over the three years.
However, House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and others argued that the proposed pay raises are inadequate, as teachers around the state move closer to a possible strike call.
“If we want to make a commitment as a state to our teachers and service personnel,” he said, “we’ll find a way to do it.”
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