GOV. Jim Justice urges striking teachers to end walkout

CHARLESTON (WOAY) – Gov. Jim Justice tells striking teachers and their supporters at a Morgantown high school they should return to work Tuesday, that it will take him seven to 10 days to appoint a task force to address their issues.

He also says they should push for increasing the severance tax on natural gas as a permanent funding source for West Virginia’s public workers’ insurance program.

Justice was occasionally heckled from some in a crowd of more than 150. He says teachers are underpaid and have been underappreciated but he doesn’t currently see state financial data to support more than the 2 percent pay raise he signed into law for them next year.

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