Governor Justice signs pay raise bill

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WDTV) -- During a press conference, Governor Jim Justice signed House Bill 4145, which will give a five percent pay raise for teachers, service personnel and state police.

The governor said this marks a "new day for education in West Virginia," and that this movement shows a renewed investment in education and our children. The governor said he has talked to the state schools superintendent on flexibility on calendar day requirements after the nine days of missed classes.

During the press conference, the governor addressed some concerns on if the money was coming from Medicaid.

"We have cash-enduring balances in Medicaid that will absolutely backstop any cuts whatsoever to Medicaid. We won't let our people on Medicaid suffer in any way," he said.

Another concern he addressed was the PROMISE scholarship application deadline. That has now been extended until the end of the month.

As for concerns about the Public Employees insurance agency, Justice said a task force will be in place by Thursday to come up with a solution.