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WV Senate

It Never happened.

Senate President Mitch Carmichael says he wants to take the $58 million that Gov. Jim Justice planned to use for the pay raise bill and use it to fix public insurance instead.

Carmichael also says the bill will now move to a committee instead of the Senate for a vote.

He said the Senate is killing all seniority bills that educators are concerned about. Instead of spending $30 million to freeze public insurance (PEIA), Carmichael says he wants to put it in the budget and not use rainy day fund money.

Carmichael says the Legislature needs a dedicated revenue fund for PEIA. He also says the pay raise that had already passed is sufficient.

"It's easy to come in here and just vote for what people want, but that's not what the general citizens expect of West Virginia," Carmichael said. ""That's what's been done around here for too long."

Teachers, service personnel, State Police, and other state employees have voiced concerns about changes to the Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA).