Archive for October, 2017

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Nice Retreat: Wine, jazz festival draws crowd to Charles Town

By Jeff McCoy The Journal of Martinsburg CHARLES TOWN, W.Va.  — ‘Happy Retreat’ was the Charles Town home of Charles Washington, President George Washington’s brother. The site became home to the Happy Retreat Wine & Jazz Festival on Saturday, June 10. Randy Hilton is Vice President of Friends of Happy Retreat. “This is a non-profit. […]

Statehouse Beat —  Is another budget debacle ‘business friendly’?
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Statehouse Beat —  Is another budget debacle ‘business friendly’?

By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mail Quote of the week: “This is a dysfunctional group. They’re good people, but this is silly.” — Gov. Jim Justice, on the Legislature’s inability to pass a 2017-18 state budget or accompanying revenue plan. With the special session of the Legislature recessed until Monday, with the bulk of the […]

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Column: Don’t let natural gas prices mislead you

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: By Philip A. Reale Law Office of Philip A. Reale Recently, the state announced that Severance Tax Collections for the end of May were $40 million ahead of estimates. Much of the improvement in severance tax collections was attributed to the increase in the price of natural gas. While it is […]

Opinion — U.S. Rep. Jenkins: Protecting our children from predators
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Opinion — U.S. Rep. Jenkins: Protecting our children from predators

By  U.S. Rep. Evan Jenkins, R-W.Va. As a father, it’s devastating to hear of children who have been victimized by predators, whether they be strangers or trusted coaches or mentors. My colleagues and I in the U.S. House of Representatives are taking action to protect our children and give law enforcement the tools they need […]

Public, media invited to National Youth Science Camp opening lecture – June 15
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Public, media invited to National Youth Science Camp opening lecture – June 15

Martha Wehrle Lecture kicks off NYSC 2017 with look at Volkswagen emissions fraud case CHARLESTON, W.Va. — National Youth Science Camp will open the 2017 event with the Martha Wehrle Lecture Series:  The Volkswagen Diesel Emissions Fraud Case – At the Intersection of Science, Environmental Policy, Ethics and Law. The lecture set for noon, Thursday, June 15, […]

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Media Advisory: Coal Forum set for June 13

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The West Virginia Coal Forum, an organization representing business and labor in the coal industry, is coming to Morgantown on June 13 for an educational program, and media is welcome to attend. “Our program is from noon to roughly 2:45 p.m. with lunch included on Tuesday at the Waterfront Place Hotel. We will […]

West Virginia Development Office’ housing programs call for contractors
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West Virginia Development Office’ housing programs call for contractors

Release from the West Virginia Development Office: CHARLESTON, W.Va.- The State of West Virginia is providing two Housing Rehabilitation Programs for eligible applicants funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery program (CDBG-DR). These programs were developed to help residents impacted by the June 2016 floods recover […]

At the Capitol: Little finalized on budget, June 5-9
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At the Capitol: Little finalized on budget, June 5-9

  By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a total of 15 days in special session, legislators adjourned for the weekend on Friday, with the bulk of issues – a revenue plan, 2017-18 budget bill, funding for the governor’s road-building initiatives, and a furlough plan for state employees in […]

Senate faction proposes income tax triggers based on rising sales tax revenue
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Senate faction proposes income tax triggers based on rising sales tax revenue

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Republican leaders involved in a conference committee to work out a compromise on a West Virginia tax and revenue bill have proposed rolling back income tax rates based on increases in sales tax revenue. The committee is considering a tax and revenue bill that would raise […]

Tax changes hashed out in WV conference committee
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Tax changes hashed out in WV conference committee

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With an apparent consensus growing for the framework of a state revenue plan — now including an increase in the sales tax to 6.5 percent and an initial three-step reduction in income tax rates — a West Virginia House-Senate conference committee focused Thursday on what House Finance […]