4:30 p.m.: West Virginia Legislature approves pay raises
West Virginia’s teachers, elected judiciary and other state employees have won pay raises from the Legislature.
The House voted 74-24 for a compromise measure today. The Senate passed the bill 27-6. Most Republicans opposed the raises.
The raises include $1,488 for teachers, $970 for troopers and $835 for natural resources police.
The adjutant general would get $32,500. Judicial raises would range from $7,500 for magistrates to $15,000 for Supreme Court justices.
School workers would get $500. State employees would get between $500 and $1,200.
The proposal would increase annual general tax and lottery spending by $67 million. Acting Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin had proposed one-time payments. He’s said he’ll consider limited permanent raises.