Mike Hall

West Virginia task force meets on insurance funding solution

Less than a week after West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice signed a 5 percent pay raise for teachers to end their nine-day strike, a task force kicked off meetings Tuesday to seek a long-term funding solution to an insurance program for teachers and other public employees.

Gov. Jim Justice opened the first meeting of the Public Employees Insurance Agency task force at the state Capitol in Charleston.

"Your participation is really needed," Justice told the 29-member task force. "I want you to find a solution and I'm not wanting it to take forever. It is massively important for our state."

Justice and the Legislature agreed to freeze PEIA premiums,...