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Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- As they work to close a $146 million gap in the 2014-15 state budget, members of the Senate Finance Committee Friday amended Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's teacher pay raise bill (SB391), putting it back to its original proposal of 2 percent pay raises.

Last week, the Senate Education Committee instead proposed an across-the-board $1,000 pay raise for teachers, with Chairman Robert Plymale, D-Wayne, saying the intent was to give larger pay adjustments to new teachers.
However, Plymale did not have a cost estimate for the new plan, which was expected to be costly, since all teachers making less than $50,000 would be getting more than a 2 percent raise.

With Friday's voice vote, the Finance Committee brought the bill back to its original cost of $34.26 million a year. The bill goes to the Senate floor.

Teachers also receive annual increment increases of about 1.5 percent each year, for up to 35 years.