Republicans couldn't stop this extravagance in the House, but Presiozo may not let it escape his committee in the Senate.
"I don't think there's any appetite for salary increases this year," he told the Daily Mail's Zack Harold. "We've got so much work to do."
Prezioso pointed to the governor's proposed $34.8 million cut in the state's aid to colleges and universities.
Prezioso said he did not understand the House's rush to pass the bill when the Senate does not take up House bills until after the fourth week of the session.
"If we start giving pay raises this early in the session, we'll have to deal with every special interest group and look at salary increases," Prezioso told Mannix Porterfield of the Register-Herald in Beckley.
"At this stage of the game, we're not certain about exactly what's in the budget, or how deep those cuts are in those particular line items. You just can't even begin to conceive going down that road."
Taxpayers should ask the Democratic leadership in the House why, with all the tough budgetary decisions ahead, Democrats made handing out raises to magistrates in small counties their first priority.