Legislature

House sends amended budget bill without tax changes back to Senate
By June 15, 2017 Read More →

House sends amended budget bill without tax changes back to Senate

By ANN ALI The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Senate adjourned for the evening June 14 without having received the heavily amended version of its budget bill from the House of Delegates, but members already know they still have work to do. Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, told the […]

Justice reiterates hope for legislators to adopt his vision for the budget
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Justice reiterates hope for legislators to adopt his vision for the budget

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Mentioning his concerns with possible cuts and how it could affect the state, Gov. Jim Justice reiterated his hopes that legislators will consider his budget plan. Meeting with several media outlets Wednesday to talk about the budget. Justice said he hoped lawmakers would go back to his […]

West Virginia Senate abandons tax reform, passes budget
By June 14, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia Senate abandons tax reform, passes budget

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Senate Republicans on Tuesday abandoned plans for tax reform, then passed a budget based on an increased revenue estimate of $4.22 billion that’s likely to get a cold reception in the House. The Senate’s move came after a House-Senate conference committee seeking […]

WV budget stalemate intensifies
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WV budget stalemate intensifies

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With Gov. Jim Justice’s attempts at brokering a compromise in apparent collapse, House and Senate leadership went back to their respective corners Tuesday with separate revenue proposals that each rely heavily on spending cuts to create a balanced 2017-18 West Virginia budget. That potentially sets up a […]

West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue doesn’t expect government shutdown
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West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue doesn’t expect government shutdown

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue expects the Legislature will have a budget in place by the end of the fiscal year this month, and that lawmakers won’t touch PROMISE Scholarship funding. Perdue made his comments Wednesday while addressing high school girls attending West Virginia […]

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Revenue deal dies at WV Capitol

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers on Tuesday came close to a revenue deal for fiscal year 2018, only to have the deal die early Tuesday evening, setting off a new round of bargaining over the state’s budget, minus the additional revenue that would have come with the revenue deal […]

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Furlough bill goes to conference committee

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill allowing for the furlough of state employees in a declared fiscal emergency is now heading to a conference committee. The Senate made changes to House Bill 106, the furlough bill, but the House refused to concur with the amended version. The Senate appointed Sens. Charles […]

Governor updated plan has no tax cut for those make over $300k
By June 13, 2017 Read More →

Governor updated plan has no tax cut for those make over $300k

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice presented an updated revenue plan Monday, including changes in the reduction of personal income tax and a sales tax rate change. Justice unveiled three whiteboards in an early afternoon press conference representing what he said were House Speaker Tim Armstead’s and Senate President Mitch […]

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Gov. Justice pleads with lawmakers to vote on budget

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With 18 days to go before the start of fiscal year 2018, Gov. Jim Justice on Monday told lawmakers “it’s time to vote” on revenue and budget measures to avoid a government shutdown and further spending of taxpayer money. The governor also presented three new revenue plans […]

Trio of West Virginia budget plans on the table in Charleston
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Trio of West Virginia budget plans on the table in Charleston

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING — An amended plan for tax reform set forth by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice would eliminate a proposed reduction in personal income tax for the state’s higher-earning residents. A “Wealthy West Virginians Tax” proposed by Justice on Monday leaves in place a 7-percent reduction in […]