West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced he will dedicate $100 million to find a long-term solution to fix the Public Employees Insurance Agency, also known as PEIA.
Governor Justice said the money will come from the state’s budget surplus.
He also proposed an additional 5% pay raise for teachers and state employees.
Justice said he, along with the help of House and Senate Republicans, has committed to making the raise happen in the next legislative session.
“Those savings, our decisions, are moving us forward and have generated monies for us to be able to fix PEIA, and for us to move forward to be able to give our teachers and others a tremendous raise again,” Governor Justice said. “Remember, the last raise was the biggest in the state’s history. Now look at what we are doing.”
The announcement was made at a press conference at the Capitol early Tuesday morning.
It comes less than a year after teachers across the state went on strike for nine days to demand better insurance and pay.