Pay Raise Debate
12:26 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Gov. Tomblin Calls House Teacher Pay Plan 'Unrealistic'

Given the tough budget forecast, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin thinks a proposal to give teachers $6,000 in raises over three years is unrealistic.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin
Credit Office of the Governor

Tomblin told reporters Wednesday that awarding teachers more than a 2 percent pay increase he suggested would cost millions of dollars and require offsetting budget cuts.

The House Education Committee increased the raise Monday. School service personnel would also receive $100 more monthly over three years.

The Senate passed an $837 teacher pay bump.

House budget chief Brent Boggs says the current shortfall is $64 million. His committee will likely lower the raises Wednesday. They could cost more than $200 million.

Tomblin has suggested cutting agency programs and using $83.8 million of reserves. West Virginia has never used its $915 million Rainy Day Fund for budget fixes.