Business Left Undone By WV Lawmakers

The approval of 5 percent pay raises prompted by a nine-day teachers walkout in Greenbrier County and across West Virginia was perhaps the top attention-getter of this year’s legislative session — but fiscal and social conservatives were also successful in shepherding through their own top proposals. Those included a bill that would allow employees to bring their guns to work, and a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate abortion rights. The 60-day regular session ended Saturday without the prolonged budget wrangling that extended it last year when the state was emerging from a lengthy economic downturn and the government faced a deficit.