West Virginia MetroNews – Gov. Jim Justice has suggested a 5% pay raise to offset rising insurance premium costs for public employees, but West Virginia’s Senate Finance chairman says officials will need to calculate how much state government can actually afford to spend.
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“You can’t just write checks and then not be able to pay them later,” said Senator Eric Tarr, R-Putnam.
Tarr said the state might have to cut millions of dollars from something else to make way for the kind of pay raise the governor has described.
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