CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The West Virginia Senate has approved a bill to grant teachers an across-the-board pay raise of $837.
Sen. Bob Plymale said the bill originally proposed a 2 percent raise. The amount was changed to a $1,000 across-the-board pay raise in an attempt to raise new teacher salaries as much as possible.
He said the amount was cut to $837 in an effort to stay within the amount budgeted for teacher pay.
The bill also grants service personnel a 2 percent pay increase.
Senators Mitch Carmichael and Brooks McCabe voted against the bill.
McCabe said he believes teachers and other state employees are in desperate need of raises but is concerned about voting for any raises while the state budget is not yet balanced.
The bill moves to the House.
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