CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia lawmakers have passed $1,600 raises for teachers.
The across-the-board increase replaces Manchin's 3 percent raise proposal. The bill, which was amended by the Senate, also includes $700 hikes for school service personnel and extra money for principals.
Manchin says he supports the amended bill. When the session started, teachers groups said a $1,600 raise would barely keep up with inflation. They proposed increases of at least $5,000.
Other pay raises approved during the session benefit troopers, state workers and legislators themselves.