WV state workers could get $500 extra

July 31, 2009 10:04:30 AM PDT
While economic woes are forcing many states to lay off or furlough their workers, West Virginia's governor wants to give his a little something extra. The state has an unexpected $65 million surplus and Gov. Joe Manchin wants to use about half of it to give $500 payments to 51,000 full-time employees. The plan still needs legislative approval.

Manchin had sought a boost for workers earlier this year, but the recession dashed those plans. State law prohibits outright bonuses, so the payments would instead be called salary enhancements.

About $57 million of the surplus came from lottery proceeds and the rest from general tax revenues.

Manchin says that in difficult times, "if you're still able to share, that's unbelievable."

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