CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - State employees have won over Governor Manchin in their quest for a permanent pay raise.
Earlier in the legislative session, Manchin had proposed a one-time bonus-type payment for rank-and-file employees. But Manchin Monday is saying that these workers deserve a pay increase.
The governor also says lawmakers should give the workers the same level of an increase that's being considered for teachers. A bill advanced last week in the House would hike teacher pay by three-point-five percent.
Manchin's comments Monday came after scores of West Virginia workers showed up at the Capitol on their day off for Presidents' Day to rally for a pay raise and other measures.
The workers cite national statistics that say the Mountain State ranks last for average state employee pay.