West Virginia officials react to strike resolution

The Parkersburg News and Sentinel

Sen. Mike Azinger, R-Wood, far left, and Delegate John Kelly, R-Wood, eighth from the left, listen to House Speaker Tim Armstead and Senate President Mitch Carmichael at a press conference on the passage of a pay raise bill for teachers and service personnel on Tuesday.
(West Virginia Legislative Photo by Perry Bennett)

PARKERSBURG, W.Va.  — Reaction was swift Tuesday as legislation settling the school walkout in West Virginia reached the governor.

The bill signed into law by Gov. Jim Justice at a 3 p.m. press conference approves a 5 percent raise to all state employees, State Police, teachers and service personnel, ending a nine-day work stoppage that disrupted classes across the state.

“I am proud our Republican legislators have reached a deal that provides a 5 percent pay raise to all public employees, including teachers, state police, and service personnel,” state Republican Party Chairman Melody Potter said. “This pay raise would not be possible without the leadership of our Republican legislators, who resisted tax increases and instead insisted on spending cuts to provide the largest pay raise in our state’s history. Now we can get back to the classroom and embark on the vital work of improving our state’s education outcomes for all our children.”

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