W.Va. Senate will NOT vote on pay raise bill, says focus is on PEIA

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The West Virginia Senate announced Thursday afternoon they will not take up and vote on the teacher, state employee pay raise bill. 

Senate President Mitch Carmichael said their main focus right now must be on PEIA and not pay raises. Carmichael reportedly wants to use the $58 million of state revenue projections towards funding PEIA. 

This announcement comes as hundreds of teachers from across the state fill the Capitol for day six of a statewide teacher walkout. 

Earlier in the week, Governor Jim Justice called for a 5-percent raise for teachers and a 3-percent raise for all other state employees. The House amended and passed the bill last night. 

No word if school will be open Friday, March 2, 2018.

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