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By May 11, 2017 Read More →

Governor’s chief of staff: budget talks progressing

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice’s chief of staff says he is “cautiously optimistic” with budget talks between House and Senate leaders, saying discussions have progressed and are focused on a reduction in personal income taxes and broadening the tax base. In a Wednesday phone interview, Nick Casey said House […]

Del. Rupert Phillips to announce run for U.S. Congress
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Del. Rupert Phillips to announce run for U.S. Congress

Staff report The Logan Banner CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Delegate Rupert “Rupie” Phillips, who lives in Lundale, West Virginia in Logan County, will announce his candidacy for West Virginia’s Third District congressional seat at 1:30 p.m. today – Thursday, May 11 – in the Governor’s Press Conference Room (located adjacent to the Secretary of State’s Office) […]

Legislature in recess until May 15
By May 8, 2017 Read More →

Legislature in recess until May 15

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — The next move for West Virginia lawmakers working to pass a 2018 budget is to go home for 10 days. A special session of the Legislature adjourned Friday after Senate members passed a revenue bill needed for the budget, and House members voted immediately […]

Anatomy of a budget breakdown
By May 8, 2017 Read More →

Anatomy of a budget breakdown

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It wasn’t as if he hadn’t tried to warn them. For weeks, House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, had been telling anyone who would listen that the Republican majority in the House of Delegates would not go along with any state revenue or budget plan that included […]

Editorial: Wasteful – Lawmakers, Justice must get budget right
By May 7, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Wasteful – Lawmakers, Justice must get budget right

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Last week, Gov. Jim Justice brought lawmakers back to Charleston for a special session that started not with a bang, but with confusion and a lot of standing around. As state Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, put it “(Thursday) was a complete waste.” Amid complaints the governor was simply not […]

Budget for their future
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Budget for their future

From The Dominion Post: Little is known about the poem “The Merry Month of May,” other than it was first published in a play in 1599. Since then, that title has shown up in songs, a novel, commercials, editorials and so on. Yet, we often think of May as perhaps the most bittersweet month of […]

Editorial: What’s the plan? West Virginia’s people deserve good, quick answer
By May 7, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: What’s the plan? West Virginia’s people deserve good, quick answer

From the Times West Virginian: West Virginia needs a plan. Let’s say it even more strongly. West Virginia’s leaders desperately must come up with a plan to both resolve the state’s budget for the next fiscal year and chart a path toward a better future.  It’s not enough to continue to agree to disagree. It’s […]

Statehouse Beat: Questions and answers about the budget
By May 7, 2017 Read More →

Statehouse Beat: Questions and answers about the budget

By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mail Now that we can officially declare a state budget impasse for a second year in a row, time for some FAQ about the budget crisis. (I don’t want to say I told you so, but the events of the special session, as of press-time, have played out exactly as […]

By May 6, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Business perspective is vital in weighing taxes

By Steve Roberts West Virginia Chamber of Commerce West Virginia’s business tax climate ranking was the third worst in the nation just a dozen years ago. Our state bore the dubious rank of 47th in the nation when ranked among the 50 states for business tax competitiveness. Our corporate net income tax rate was one of […]

Opinion: House leadership optimistic break will foster budget compromise, prevent waste
By May 6, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: House leadership optimistic break will foster budget compromise, prevent waste

Release from the  W.Va. House of Delegates CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Leaders of the House of Delegates today said they believe the 10-day break in the Legislature’s special session will foster a compromise on the state’s budget situation while protecting taxpayers from having to pay the $35,000-a-day cost to continue the session. “We have said repeatedly […]