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No Legislative Pay Raise

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A measure that would have increased the pay of West Virginia lawmakers by five-thousand dollars has failed to pass the Legislature.

The House of Delegates failed to act on the measure that the
Senate approved Thursday.

The bill would have raised the annual pay of the 100 delegates
and 34 senators by 33 percent -- from 15-thousand dollars to
20-thousand.

If approved, the part-time Legislature would have been among the
highest paid of its kind in the country.

The West Virginia Legislature last voted to raise its pay in
1994. Before then, the pay was 65-hundred dollars.

The pay raise measure rubbed some teachers, and their supporters, the wrong way. Teachers unions are disappointed with a
bill sent to the governor that would raise teacher pay
three-and-a-half percent. They call the amount inadequate.


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