Although teacher unions are upset with the Senate’s amendment that changes the teacher, service personnel, and State Trooper pay raise to four percent, Senator Mike Maroney from Marshall County says he voted in favor of the amendment because he thinks it is the best option for all public employees in West Virginia.
Maroney said this measure would give a four percent raise across the board. He says some employees have not seen a raise in more than a decade.*
He says that while a freeze to PEIA is not a fix, it prevents premiums from climbing while the legislature works on finding a funding source.
Combined with the fact that certain bills like those relating to paycheck protection and seniority are dead, Maroney says he is optimistic about what this bill can provide teachers and public employees.
“So we’ve got all of that in PEIA. We’ve got those four bills dead. You’ve got the four percent salary enhancement. You put that whole package together, I don’t know if you can find a better single year financial package that’s ever been offered. Ever,” said Maroney.
Maroney says this measure also saves the state about $7 million.
He says he had supported the five percent raise for education employees and three percent for other public employees, but he truly thinks the four percent raise across the board is the best option.
He is hopeful the conference committee may work out an additional one percent increase for education employees in the second year.
*Clarification: H.B. 4145 in its amended form applies to State Troopers, teachers and service personnel.