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June-19-2018

Amid lectures, Justice announces plan to avoid PEIA hikes linked to July 1 pay raises
By Phil Kabler Staff writer

Gov. Jim Justice announced Monday that he will ask the PEIA Finance Board to raise the health insurance plan’s 10 salary-based premium tiers by $2,700 per tier, so that 5 percent pay raises for teachers, school service personnel and other state employees that go into effect July 1 will not result in premium hikes for those workers...

June-11-2018

Public employees turn out for PEIA Task Force hearing in Eastern Panhandle
By MetroNews Staff

SPRING MILLS, W.Va. — Teachers, administrators and school personnel addressed the PEIA Task Force during a public hearing in the Eastern Panhandle.

The tour aims to give state workers a chance to discuss issues — and possible solutions — with the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

This was the 24th public hearing, which...

May-21-2018

Task force IDs PEIA complaints
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette Mail

With the PEIA Task Force about midway through its series of 21 public hearings statewide, member Helen Matheny updated a legislative interim committee on PEIA on the major issues emerging from those proceedings.

"There are three main areas we've been hearing consistently," Matheny said of issues with accessibility, affordability and predictability.

She said accessibility is a major...

May-14-2018

Lindsay credits teachers' votes as difference in tight 8th District primary win
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette Mail

After a narrow, 325-vote margin of victory Tuesday in the 8th Senatorial District Democratic primary, Charleston lawyer Richard Lindsay credited district teachers for putting him over the top.

"Teachers and school service personnel made the difference," said Lindsay, who was endorsed by the political action arms of both state teachers'...

May-10-2018

Republican: Teachers, unions, positive campaign helped unseat incumbent
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette Mail

Delegate Bill Hamilton, R-Upshur, said he believes a combination of support from teachers, school service personnel and union members, along with voters' irritation with his opponent's relentlessly negative campaign, led to his sweeping victory Tuesday in the 11th Senatorial District Republican primary.

Hamilton unseated first-term incumbent Sen...

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