Given the tough budget forecast, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin thinks a proposal to give teachers $6,000 in raises over three years is unrealistic.
Tomblin told reporters Wednesday that awarding teachers more than a 2 percent pay increase he suggested would cost millions of dollars and require offsetting budget cuts.
The House Education Committee increased the raise Monday. School service personnel would also receive $100 more monthly over three years.
The Senate passed an $837 teacher pay bump.