In a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the West Virginia State Theater in the State Culture Center, Gv. Jim Justice signed into law an bill authorizing a 5% pay raise for school employees and other state service employees, as passed unanimously by the House of Delegates and Senate earlier in the day.

In a news conference Tuesday afternoon at the West Virginia State Theater in the State Culture Center, Gv. Jim Justice signed into law an bill authorizing a 5% pay raise for school employees and other state service employees, as passed unanimously by the House of Delegates and Senate earlier in the day.

The bill will give 5% pay raises to teachers, service personnel and state police starting July 1, 2018. The agreement between lawmakers and the governor includes a 5 percent pay raise for all state employees that will be included in the budget bill.
Government and teacher and service personnel union representatives joined Justice on the stage for the signing ceremony.
Justice additionally announced that positions on a new PEIA task force he created by executive order will be filled by Thursday to begin looking at a permanent fix.
Justice also announced that the Promise Scholarship deadline would be lengthened through the end of the month (March).
He also called on the State Superintendent of Schools and county superintendents in a letter to work toward flexibility in fulfilling educational days requirements without jeopardizing summer vacation for students.
Justice passed out signed copies of the legislation and the pens he used to sign with to principal players in the 9-day school work stoppage and its resolution, noting that it was a history-making moment for the State of West Virginia.