Teachers Not Happy Over Legislative Pay Raise

The clock is ticking on the West Virginia Legislature. The session ends at midnight Saturday. Lawmakers don't have much time to revise, eliminate or pass legislation. More than two thousand bills have been introduced during the session, but it looks like only a small fraction will become law. The biggest issue still on the table: pay raises.

Thursday night the Senate passed legislation giving lawmakers a pay raise -- and that didn't set well with teachers.

Teachers in West Virginia are up for a three and a half percent raise. They want a six percent raise. With the Senate bill passed, lawmakers would get five thousand dollars more this year and again in 2009. That's a more than thirty three percent increase.

We spoke with several delegates Friday and couldn't find anyone in favor of the pay increase. Some lawmakers wouldn't answer our questions about pay raises, some ran away. Others told us it was inappropriate for us to ask.

Teachers meet Saturday to decode how they plan to make a statement to lawmakers if a good pay package isn't voted into place.


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