Gov. Justice announces hero pay for front line workers

CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Gov. Justice also announced that each of West Virginia’s 55 counties will receive a grant in the amount of $100,000 to utilize at their discretion to reward “hero pay” for the various front line personnel and first responders involved in the effort.

“Those at the county level are the ones that need to make the real judgment on getting this money to the people who have been looking out for us in every way and thank them so much. It’s the best and simplest way to handle it.”

The Governor said a grant will be given to the West Virginia National Guard to issue $500 to each member that has been activated to serve during the pandemic.

A letter to President Donald J. Trump was prepared by Gov. Justice just prior to Friday’s briefing and in it, he is seeking the authority to use some of the $1.25 billion in funds from the federal CARES Act to “reward first responders and other front line workers that have been putting in countless hours” as well.

Read the letter here. 

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