By PHIL KABLER
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With many West Virginia teachers and other state employees soured on 1 percent pay raise proposals, the House Finance Committee on Wednesday moved to sweeten the deal slightly, approving a 2 percent pay raise for the first year and 1 percent increases every year for the next three years.
The move came after the panel rejected a proposal to give teachers and school service personnel a series of three 3-percent annual raises for being too costly.
“We’re beginning to turn the corner with our state budget picture, but we’re by no means out of the woods yet,” Nelson said. “We believe the 2-1-1-1 plan is a responsible path forward. Should our budget picture continue to improve, we’ll be in a better position to consider future increases. But for right now we think this is a sensible approach to boosting employees’ pay.”
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