By ANDREA LANNOM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A bill calling for pay increases for teachers and state employees is on its way to the Senate floor with a change that codifies the raise over a five-year period for teachers and a two-year period for all other state employees.
The Senate Committee on Finance passed Senate Bill 267 on a voice vote Thursday.
Counsel for the committee explained the raise amounts to $432 for each class of State Police and administrative staff, about $404 for each classification of teachers — which is in addition to an automatic step raise every year – and $220 a year for school personnel. Counsel explained the total cost of the bill, how it was originally written, is about $13 million.
For State Police and all other state employees, the new version reflected the raise would be 2 percent over two years, once again amounting to 1 percent each year.
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