Delegate John Williams (D – Monongalia, 51)
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — One of the most heated legislative sessions in West Virginia history has officially wrapped up.
Del. John Williams (D-Monongalia, 51) said he had never experienced anything like the 83rd Legislature.
“It’s one of the more thrilling things that has happened in my time there, in terms of people really focusing on what’s happening in their capital,” said Williams Thursday on WAJR’s Morgantown AM. “Really knowing the role call votes by heart, knowing who voted for the teachers, who voted against them. “It was really quite the amazing experience.”
Thousands of teachers and service personel were in Charleston, first as part of demonstrations and then as part of the historic nine-day work stoppage, to protest issues involving pay, benefits, and the future of public education.
The back-and-forth included varying proposals of one percent pay raises for five years, a four percent pay raise over three years, and bills that attempted to shore up holes in the Public Employee’s Insurance Agency through the PEIA Stabilization Fund. In the end, all state workers were