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March-07-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia legislators are lined up to pass a budget in the next day or so, holding off on a teacher pay raise and other changes to the public school system until work is done in a special session.

Talk of a special session has swirled for days at the Capitol, and Gov. Jim Justice announced it in ...

March-06-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Maneuvering over a pay raise for teachers and school staff continued in the state Senate.

The Senate voted 18-14, with two absences, to amend its version of the state budget into the House of Delegates’ version on Tuesday evening. The House version includes a teacher pay raise. The Senate version does not...

March-05-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice said he will play a more direct role in legislative budget discussions, particularly relating to a teacher pay raise that he has backed for months.

“What I want to do is to try to bring everybody together, if it be a special session or whatever it be and try to make some real progress,” Justice said during a midday press conference.

The governor said he will talk to each caucus,...

March-04-2019

By Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

As of Friday evening, a week since the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a “clean” public school worker pay raise bill, Senate Education Committee Chairwoman Patricia Rucker hadn’t put it on her committee’s agenda.

Her committee, and others, which will continue to meet Saturday, have been advancing other education bills ahead of the end of this year’s regular legislative session next Saturday. One bill seeks to specifically allow...

March-01-2019

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The budgets in the state Senate and House of Delegates are on a collision course, with the biggest difference – predictably – a pay raise for teachers.

The House Finance Committee voted to approve its budget on Thursday afternoon, the 51st day of the legislative session. It includes the pay raise for teachers and school service personnel. The full House then took up the bill on first reading during a Thursday...

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