Teacher Pay Raise

Legislature
2:18 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

W.Va. Lawmakers Pass Budget Relying on Reserves

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia lawmakers have passed a budget that dips into millions of dollars in reserves and gives public employees raises.
 
The Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 77-18 Friday to pass next year's budget. The bill would take $147 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall.
 

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Budget Woes
4:39 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Senate Budget Uses $125 Million from Rainy Day Fund

Senate President Jeff Kessler meets with leadership during a floor session.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Senators voted on their version of the budget bill Thursday.

It included the governor’s recommended pay raises for school service personnel and State Police forensic lab technicians, but Senate Bill 306 only accounts for the $837 teacher pay raise passed by the upper chamber. The House has changed that bill to include a $1,000 across the board raise.

But Finance Chair Senator Roman Prezioso explained the Senate has not yet voted on House Bill 4333, known as the Haircut Bill for short. The bill adjusts lottery appropriations of about $40 million to balance the budget.

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The Legislature Today
7:08 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Update on the Governor's Legislative Agenda, Future Fund, Teacher Raises, & WVCBP's Ted Boettner

An update on Governor Tomblin's legislative agenda and members of the Senate Government Organization Committee discuss a House bill that would reform the state Ethics Commission and reduce the number of members it requires. House committees discuss bills from the Senate, including the Future Fund and pay raises for teachers. Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy about various issues, including taxes, the future fund, and the state budget.

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Legislature
1:48 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

W.Va. House Education Committee Increases Amount in Teacher Raise Bill

Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

House Education Committee has voted to increase pay for West Virginia teachers and service personnel significantly.
 
The amended bill increases teacher salaries $6,000 across-the-board over three years. Pay would increase $1,000 the first year, $2,000 the next, and $3,000 the third.
 

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The Legislature Today
7:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Controversial House Bills Now in The Senate, Pretrial Release Programs, Sen. Brooks McCabe, & More

Bills relating to abortion, drilling waste, and the attorney general's office that were controversial in the House now make their way through the Senate. The House Judiciary Committee discusses expanding pretrial release programs. Soon-to-be-retiring Senator Brooks McCabe discusses the future of West Virginia through his thoughts on teacher pay raises, sustainable water quality, and the future fund.

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The Legislature Today
7:51 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

House Looks at Senate Water Protection Bill, Charleston CVB Hopes to Shake Water Stigma, & More

The House of Delegates went through 60 items on their daily calendar on "Crossover Day," the last day for bills to be out of their house of origin. But, House Judiciary heard from environmental consulting firm Downstream Strategies as they examined Senate Bill 373, the bill that would regulate above-ground storage facilities. The Senate votes on 11 bills, debates three possible Constitutional Amendments, and also votes on the teacher pay raise bill.

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Teacher Pay Raises
11:35 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Improving Education in W.Va. "You Get What You Pay For"

Teacher Edward Evans gives a lesson on electricity during class at Mt. View Middle in McDowell County.
Credit Jessica Lilly

The legislative session last year is often referred to as the "year of education reform" as lawmakers looked for ways to improve education quality.

West Virginia is ranked 48th in teacher pay and right around the middle of the road compared to other states for cost of living. Educators say there is a connection to quality.

Although West Virginia teachers get a 1.5 percent pay increase each year until they reach 35 years, teacher salaries are among the lowest paid in the nation.

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The Legislature Today
9:10 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

The Future of Toll Collections, Teacher Pay Raises, & Capitol Reporters Eric Eyre and Erin Timony

The House of Delegates deal with a bill relating to conflicts of interest with the Attorney General's office and hold a public hearing on the future of toll collections in West Virginia. Senators in the Finance Committee decide to return to Gov. Tomblin's plans of a two percent pay raise for teachers after flirting with the idea of giving them a raise of $1,000. Capitol reporters Eric Eyre of The Charleston Gazette and Erin Timony of The State Journal talk with host Ashton Marra about the bill to limit sales of pseudoephedrine to prescription only and a bill that would prevent abortions after 21 weeks.  

Teacher Pay
11:26 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Senators Remove Across the Board Teacher Pay Raise

Senate Finance Chair Roman Prezioso discusses legislation with Senator Doug Facemire on the state Senate floor.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Members of the Senate Finance Committee Friday morning voted to remove language from a bill increasing teachers' salaries by $1,000 across the board.

Members of the Senate Education Committee voted last week to increase the raise from the initial 2 percent promised by Governor Tomblin during his State of the State Address in January. 

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