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GOP announces plan that cuts $390M from existing WV budget
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GOP announces plan that cuts $390M from existing WV budget

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s legislative leaders on Monday unveiled what they call the framework for their 2017-18 general revenue budget alternative, a budget capped at $4.055 billion — about $390 million less than the current state budget and $445 million below Gov. Jim Justice’s budget plan. The proposal would […]

Senate Tax Reform Committee ready with tax overhaul
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Senate Tax Reform Committee ready with tax overhaul

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Senate’s select committee on tax reform voted on a final state tax overhaul proposal on Monday, March 13 after several meetings to tweak the bill. The committee, appointed by Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and chaired by Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, […]

Bills introduced March 13
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Bills introduced March 13

The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Here are some bills introduced March 13, along with two local bridge-naming resolutions. SB 592, to have an independent redistricting commission propose redistricting plans during census years. Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, co-sponsor. HB 2936, to require competitive bidding for all state purchases of commodities, printing and services. HB 2941, […]

Budget battle heats up
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Budget battle heats up

By EMILY DANIELS The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Majority leaders in the West Virginia Legislature discussed an approach to balancing the state budget during a Monday press conference, which rivals Gov. Jim Justice’s introduced budget bill in several ways. The budget plan revealed by Speaker of the House Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, and Senate President Mitch […]

Democrats in Legislature eschew special session pay
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Democrats in Legislature eschew special session pay

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Democrats in the West Virginia House of Delegates and Senate say they’re on board with a proposal from Gov. Jim Justice that lawmakers not be paid if they’re forced to go into special session to pass a state budget. Justice, who has been pushing the Republican-led […]

WV House, Senate budget plan would force state to ‘live within its means’
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WV House, Senate budget plan would force state to ‘live within its means’

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal Republican leaders of the West Virginia Senate and House of Delegates released a “budget framework” on Monday, March 13 that would include no more spending than last year’s budget. “The fundamental principle is spend no more than you have,” said Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson. “The budget for too […]

Tax overhaul progresses, despite poor projections
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Tax overhaul progresses, despite poor projections

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After several rounds of edits and ominous cost projections from state revenue representatives, the Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform voted Monday to send its overhaul bill up to the full senate and off to its finance committee. Should it pass, the bill would repeal income and […]

Senate passes bill to cut DMV appeals office over objections
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Senate passes bill to cut DMV appeals office over objections

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislation to eliminate the Division of Motor Vehicles’ Office of Administrative Appeals (SB 212) advanced from the Senate Monday on a 27-7 vote, over objections that it could allow drunk drivers to keep their driver’s licenses. Senate Judiciary Chairman Charles Trump, R-Morgan, lead sponsor of the bill, […]

Lawmakers back limited special budget session pay
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Lawmakers back limited special budget session pay

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A group of legislators have announced their support for Gov. Jim Justice’s proposal to limit special budget session pay for legislators to five days. Legislators introduced House Bill 2981 Monday, which along with a companion bill to be introduced in the Senate, would cap lawmakers’ pay during […]

House could vote today to eliminate Courtesy Patrol
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House could vote today to eliminate Courtesy Patrol

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia House advanced to final reading Monday a bill that would eliminate the Courtesy Patrol program. Under this bill, effective July 1, the program would be eliminated and any balances remaining in the program would be transferred to the State Road Fund for expenditure as […]