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By June 7, 2017 Read More →

Governor urges passage of his plan, discusses revenue projections

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice expressed frustration Tuesday about budget negotiations, even as he urged passage of his plan. In a press conference at the Capitol, Justice discussed his proposal and provided additional insight into May revenue projections, which were released Tuesday. Justice’s current proposal includes a slight increase […]

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WV governor urges House Dems to back budget plan
By June 6, 2017 Read More →

WV governor urges House Dems to back budget plan

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Day 11 of the special session of the West Virginia Legislature on the 2017-18 state budget was highlighted by a nearly three-hour closed-door meeting between Gov. Jim Justice and House Democrats, a meeting where the governor implored Democrats to support his budget plan. “The governor came in […]

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By June 6, 2017 Read More →

WV Legislature still haggling over revenue, budget deal

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate gaveled in and gaveled back out Monday, June 5, not much closer to a budget deal than when they gave up and went home May 24. Democratic Gov. Jim Justice, Senate leaders and House leaders […]

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Lawmakers take little action on budget
By June 6, 2017 Read More →

Lawmakers take little action on budget

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Legislature returned to Charleston on Monday with a goal for compromise with 25 days to go before the state could shut down from the lack of an operating budget for fiscal year 2018. No significant official action took place in either legislative chamber, […]

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By June 6, 2017 Read More →

WV follows some state budget trends, bucks others

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The latest drafts of West Virginia’s FY 2018 budget would put the state on board with a national trend of reducing income taxes, while going against the grain by raising sales and use taxes, a new report shows. The National Conference of State Legislatures published its report […]

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By June 6, 2017 Read More →

Breeders Bill back In focus

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — A bill to eliminate the West Virginia Greyhound Breeding Development Fund resurfaced Monday as the Legislature resumed its special session on the state budget. But some Northern Panhandle lawmakers questioned whether the bill is germane to Gov. Jim Justice’s special session call as they […]

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By June 6, 2017 Read More →

Bill to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital pending before House committee

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill to sell the Jackie Withrow long-term care facility in Beckley is pending before the House Finance Committee. Gov. Jim Justice added House Bill 113, the bill relating to the Jackie Withrow facility, to the call on May 24, along with several other bills including the […]

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By June 5, 2017 Read More →

Statehouse Beat: For some reason, lobbyist spending down

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — For whatever reason, lobbyist spending during the January-April disclosure period dropped to $230,686, the lowest amount for that reporting period, which includes regular sessions of the Legislature, in nine years. That’s down 27 percent from $317,935 during the same period last year, and a whopping 56 percent […]

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Local business could lose big if Legislature votes to sell Hopemont Hospital in Terra Alta
By June 2, 2017 Read More →

Local business could lose big if Legislature votes to sell Hopemont Hospital in Terra Alta

By THERESA MARTHEY The Preston County News & Journal TERRA ALTA, W.Va. — Uncertainty continues to loom over Terra Alta’s Hopemont Hospital. That’s because on Monday the state Legislature will consider a bill that, if passed and signed by the governor, will force the 100-year-old facility to be sold off. If that happens, the biggest […]

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Justice issues latest WV budget plan; talks to resume today
By June 1, 2017 Read More →

Justice issues latest WV budget plan; talks to resume today

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Legislative leaders are expected to return to the West Virginia Capitol Thursday morning to resume negotiations on Gov. Jim Justice’s latest revenue proposal, a plan with a less-steep increase in the state sales tax and with a slower, three-year phase-in of a reduction in income tax rates […]

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