"They're saying we can't afford it", Ted Boettner, director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, said of legislators.
The statewide strike over low pay and rising insurance costs had been expected to end Thursday under a deal negotiated between Gov. Jim Justice and teachers union leaders.
What's the hold-up? That pay raise needs approval from state lawmakers.
The teachers are eager to return to work but need more than a promise by the Legislature, Joe White, executive director of the West Virginia School Service Personnel Association, told CNN.
Teachers unions on Saturday afternoon said school will be canceled indefinitely until the 5 percent raise is passed. The Senate refused to recede and appointed a conference committee. "I couldn't be at 9 percent corporate tax and expect corporations to stay here if they didn't have to".
On Saturday evening, the Point Pleasant Register heard from those who represent constituents in Mason County in the House of Delegates about the Senate's vote.
Del. Ed Evans (D-McDowell County) agreed.
The revenues for tourism will be deposited into a fund to be administered by the Tourism Council of the Greater Williamsburg Chamber and Tourism Alliance (the Council), created by the bill. Morrisey said those agencies could be the West Virginia Superintendent of Schools or the West Virginia Board of Education, or any county-level school board.
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However, before the House could vote on the Senate version, a snafu sent everyone scrambling.
He added, "We're only a few million apart, and I don't say that in a frivolous way because every dollar matters".
The committee will include Delegates Bill Anderson, R-Wood, and Brent Boggs, D-Braxton, and House Education Chairman Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson; and Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, Senate Finance Chairman Craig Blair, R-Berkeley, and Sen.
"We are absolutely bound by our duty to evaluate that with a fine-tooth comb", he said. The four members attempt to reconcile differences between the chambers.
If the bill dies, Miley is concerned. I think it is absolutely important that we reach agreement and pass something that's satisfactory to all the parties. They said that was equitable - and they cast the position as fiscally responsible. "We are united on this". Three days later, the state Senate still hasn't approved Justice's proposal. "However, you do not equalize pay for different groups by simply taking away from one and passing it to another". "I don't know if you say they're the right or wrong move, but you've got to be competitive", Manchin told the paper. "Good faith is gone". "We appreciate the hard work of the Governor, Speaker Armstead and the members of the House of Delegates". The governor seems to be very much for the 5 percent raise, and that's the House position.
Sen. John Unger, a Martinsburg Democrat, said it was the Senate's fault the walkout would continue Friday. Unfortunately, Senator Carmichael and the Senate leadership chose not to honor the agreement.
The school closing notifications began rolling in after the West Virginia Senate adjourned Thursday, with lawmakers announcing plans to send bill containing a 5 percent pay increase for teachers and police as well as 3 percent increase for other public employees to the Senate Finance Committee.