Legislature

Justice administration still assessing potential roads bills impact
By June 26, 2017 Read More →

Justice administration still assessing potential roads bills impact

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials in Gov. Jim Justice’s administration are crunching numbers to try to figure out the possible economic impact of several roads bills passed by theLegislature. Justice spokesman Butch Antolini said the administration hopes to have a handle on the impact of the bills during the week […]

WV Senate leader sent invites to coalition’s event during special session
By June 26, 2017 Read More →

WV Senate leader sent invites to coalition’s event during special session

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On the same day the state senate majority leader declined to sign a conference committee report that would have gone against slashing the state’s personal income tax rate, he sent out invitations to a “summer retreat” for a dark money organization with the same policy goal. In […]

Historic structures bill could have future
By June 26, 2017 Read More →

Historic structures bill could have future

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — A tax credit for rehabilitating historic structures that didn’t pass during the West Virginia Legislature’s recent special session may not be history, after all, as local lawmakers plan to reintroduce the measure next year.  Language giving developers greater incentives to undertake the redevelopment of […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Nonsense — Gov. Justice has chance to do more than showboat

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Surely anyone who begins a speech by announcing he “can’t do anything but tell the truth” understands he has just cued his audience to put up its guard. But Gov. Jim Justice’s spotlight grab Wednesday morning was so dishonest, disingenuous and full of self-serving nonsense that it made his […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: State Budget Not Being Cut

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: West Virginia legislators have agreed on a General Revenue Fund budget of $4.228 billion for the fiscal year that begins in two weeks. It happened only after much hand-wringing over alleged cuts in spending that would affect many Mountain State residents adversely. Look at the figure again and do the […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Cuts to cost more than pretty penny

The Dominion Post of Morgantown: Never mind that everyone told us we cannot cut our way to prosperity. Don’t confuse us with facts. The Legislature had already made up its mind. Overall, the state budget that will become law today — without Gov. Jim Justice’s signature — contains more than three times the funding cuts […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Gov. Justice will veto Jackie Withrow Hospital sale bill

From the office of Gov. Jim Justice: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice said Friday he will veto House Bill 113, legislation to allow the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital. Justice said he believes it would be a mistake at this time to single out the Beckley-based hospital […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

W.Va. taxes, gas, fees to increase

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia residents will be paying more in vehicle fees and the cost of gasoline will also rise starting July 1. Gov. Jim Justice signed House Bill 1006 Thursday, raising more money for the State Road Fund, with about $140 million a year projected to be […]

Governor signs bill aimed to improve state flood protection planning
By June 23, 2017 Read More →

Governor signs bill aimed to improve state flood protection planning

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CLENDENIN, W.Va. — The day before the anniversary of last year’s floods, Gov. Jim Justice ceremonially signed a bill that aims to help better coordinate efforts after a flood. Justice, House Speaker Tim Armstead, and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, along with a volunteer group from Texas that was still working […]

Justice signs ‘landmark’ bill raising funds for highways
By June 23, 2017 Read More →

Justice signs ‘landmark’ bill raising funds for highways

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A day after announcing he would let the “travesty” of the $4.225 billion state budget bill become law without his signature, Gov. Jim Justice returned to the governor’s reception room Thursday under happier circumstances, to sign what he called “landmark” legislation to raise about $140 million a […]