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West Virginia auditor wants to give staff raises separate from governor’s proposal


Charleston Gazette-Mail

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In an extremely brief budget presentation Monday, state Auditor J.B.

W.Va. state auditor JB McCuskey

told the Senate Finance Committee he would return $1.5 million of unspent appropriations to the state’s general revenue fund, and said he wants to give his staff pay raises independent of the governor’s proposed 1 percent across-the-board hike.

McCuskey said he wants to work within the department’s budget to give merit raises, and as a separate constitutional officer, said he should not be bound by Gov. Jim Justice’s pay raise proposal.

“We believe it should be done through the auditor’s office in house, rather than through a line-item in the governor’s budget,” the auditor said.

In his State of the State address last week, Justice proposed 1 percent pay raises for teachers and school service personnel and for state employees. Calculated as 1 percent of overall state payroll, the raise would work out to $432 for each state employee, according to the governor’s office budget presentation.

As of Dec. 31, the auditor’s office reported an unexpended cash balance of $1.37 million.

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