CHARLESTON, W.Va. – House of Delegates Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, tonight issued the following statement in response to Governor Jim Justice’s revised Fiscal Year 2019 revenue estimates and new public employee pay raise plan.
“House Republicans have consistently said we want to provide our teachers and state employees the best pay and benefits our budget can sustain,” Speaker Armstead said. “While we will need to review and scrutinize the revised revenue forecast, it appears that the Governor’s increased Fiscal Year 2019 revenue estimates should allow us to afford larger pay raises for our teachers, service personnel and state employees.
“I believe these increased revenue estimates are a reflection of the Republican Party’s fiscally responsible management of our budgets in recent years, combined with our infrastructure improvement plans and the federal tax cuts that are rejuvenating our economy,” Speaker Armstead said.
“I am happy that it appears our teachers and school service personnel will soon be returning to the classrooms, and we are committed to addressing the long-term issues with the PEIA program that have concerned so many in recent months.”