On June 9, a bipartisan group of five West Virginia legislators donated their special session salary back to the state. Senator Chris Walters (R-Putnam), Delegate Andrew Byrd (D-Kanawha), Delegate Doug Reynolds (D-Cabell), Delegate Matthew Rohrbach (R-Cabell) and Delegate Ron Walters (R-Kanawha) delivered checks to the Treasurer’s Office this afternoon to highlight the need for cooperation as the Legislature continues work on the budget.
West Virginia law does not provide a way for lawmakers to forego a salary. Delegate Rohrbach donated his pay to the Marshall University Foundation to help a college student afford their tuition. Senator Walters and Delegates Byrd, Reynolds and Walters contributed their money back to the State Treasury.
“Simply put, it’s the right thing to do,” Delegate Byrd said. “I can’t imagine taking money from the State of West Virginia while we are asking state agencies and various organizations to take major cuts that affect all citizens of West Virginia.”
“I hope that this leads to a spirit of bipartisan cooperation to get this budget done,” Delegate Rohrbach stated. “People are frustrated in the state, and, as a legislator, I am frustrated with the lack of cooperation,” he continued. “Both parties need to work together to get a budget done for the security of the people of West Virginia.”