CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - While teachers unions wait for word about a possible three-and-a-half percent raise for their members, state senators have been working to give themselves a boost in pay.
The Senate voted Thursday to hike the annual pay of the 100 delegates and 34 senators by 33 percent -- from 15-thousand dollars to 20-thousand. The measure now goes to the House.
If approved, the part-time Legislature would be among the highest paid of its kind in the country. Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin of Logan County says the extra pay would go toward the expenses members incur making constituent visits and traveling their districts.
The bill provides for paying five-thousand dollars a month during January, February and March -- when the regular legislative session is held -- and then 625 dollars a month from April through November. It also includes mileage reimbursements.
West Virginia Education Association President Chuck DeLauder says he thinks the measure will rub some teachers, and supporters, the wrong way.
The West Virginia Legislature last voted to raise its pay in 1994. Before then, the pay was 65-hundred dollars.
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