By PHIL KABLER
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the House Finance Committee began work Monday on Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed legislation to increase salaries for correctional officers at state prisons, regional jails, and juvenile facilities by $6,000 over three years, one sticking point came up.
As drafted, funding for the increased regional jail salaries — $7.8 million a year when fully phased in — could end up coming from increased per-diem charges to counties for housing inmates.
Ultimately, committee members voted to advance the bill (House Bill 4142) to the full House of Delegates, despite the potential funding issues.
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