Archive for October, 2017

Governor’s budget comments spark testy debate in WV House, Senate
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Governor’s budget comments spark testy debate in WV House, Senate

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s call on Tuesday for the Legislature to take action on the state budget crisis in light of West Virginia’s latest bond ratings downgrade — and legislative leadership’s response to that call — lit up both houses in floor debate Wednesday. House Minority Leader Tim […]

Senators concerned over Moody’s downgrade
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Senators concerned over Moody’s downgrade

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Senators expressed concerns Wednesday over the downgrade of the state’s general obligation debt rating as well as items related to closing the budget gap. Five senators stood in Wednesday’s floor session to discuss their concerns, some who fear the budget will not be done without going into […]

Speaker from organization designated as hate group talks about refugees
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Speaker from organization designated as hate group talks about refugees

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates committee on veterans affairs and homeland security invited a speaker from an anti-Muslim organization, designated as a hate group, to speak on refugee resettlement during a committee meeting Wednesday. Brenda Arthur represented American Congress for Truth, an organization that the Southern Poverty Law […]

Thrasher suggests breaking up Justice’s proposed Save Our State fund
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Thrasher suggests breaking up Justice’s proposed Save Our State fund

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher said Wednesday he believes it would be workable to break up funding for Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed $105 million Save Our State Fund over three years. “I wouldn’t think I could spend $105 million in one year, and spend it wisely,” he told […]

Farmers take issues to lawmakers
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Farmers take issues to lawmakers

By MAX GARLAND Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Small farmers and farming organizations are meeting with state lawmakers today on various bills that could jump-start local farming businesses, ranging from processing more rabbit meat to tax credits for food bank donations. The third annual Local Food and Farms Day, beginning at 9 a.m. at the […]

West Virginia Senate passes change on school year length
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West Virginia Senate passes change on school year length

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — A measure unanimously passed by the West Virginia Senate Wednesday would eliminate the state mandate that public school calendars contain 180 “separate”days of classroom instruction and instead allow school districts to “bank” extra hours into each school day to make up for any lost school time. Senate […]

Bill would disqualify benefits for some striking workers
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Bill would disqualify benefits for some striking workers

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that would disqualify striking workers from receiving unemployment benefits under certain circumstances passed through the West Virginia Senate by a 22-11 vote following much debate. Sen. Charles Trump, R-Morgan said SB 222 clarifies that workers who voluntarily go on strike are not eligible to receive benefits […]

Gilbert: Proposed cuts to Marshall ‘unfair’
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Gilbert: Proposed cuts to Marshall ‘unfair’

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Marshall University President Jerome “Jerry” Gilbert reiterated his disapproval of proposed cuts in state dollars to Marshall and West Virginia University on Wednesday. In the Memorial Student Center, Gilbert told members of Marshall’s Board of Governors he planned to continue to voice his opposition to 4.4 percent cuts […]

Committee mulls bill on college layoff policy
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Committee mulls bill on college layoff policy

By JAKE JARVIS Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House Education Committee considered on Wednesday a bill that would give public colleges in the state greater flexibility when deciding who to lay off if a staff reduction is needed. The committee’s substitute for HB 2542, which the committee members approved sending to the House floor […]

Senate, House women meet to discuss racing
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Senate, House women meet to discuss racing

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gathering to discuss issues pertaining to the racing industry, Jill Upson, R-Jefferson, led the first Women’s Caucus of the 83rd Legislature on Wednesday. This year, Upson said the Caucus was especially significant because it was the first year female Senators joined their House counterparts to discuss issues […]