Legislature

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

West Virginia leaders talk new budget pitch in Charleston
By June 1, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia leaders talk new budget pitch in Charleston

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia legislative leaders discussed a new budget proposal during negotiations with Gov. Jim Justice Tuesday night, and their next move is to explain it to their members. Details of the spending proposal provided by House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, show the new plan […]

Contractors group backs Justice infrastructure plan in wake of job losses
By June 1, 2017 Read More →

Contractors group backs Justice infrastructure plan in wake of job losses

By MAX GARLAND Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A national contractors group voiced its support for Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed infrastructure plan Wednesday, saying it would create jobs in an area seeing one of the sharpest declines in construction jobs nationwide. “Proposals like the governor’s will bring more workers into the economy,” said Ken Simonson, […]

Economist says construction work in Charleston area at record low
By May 31, 2017 Read More →

Economist says construction work in Charleston area at record low

Contractors Associations call for support of infrastructure projects By Don Smith W.Va. Press Association CHARLESTON, W.VA. — With jobs in construction, mining and logging in the Charleston area at the lowest levels since 1990, representatives of the Contractors Association of West Virginia and Associated General Contractors of America joined with Cabinet Secretary Thomas Smith, head of the W.Va. Department of […]

At the Capitol: Still no budget
By May 30, 2017 Read More →

At the Capitol: Still no budget

By Phil Kabler For The West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After 10 days in special session failed to bring the Senate and House of Delegates any closer to resolution of the impasse over the 2017-18 state budget, legislators voted for put the session on hiatus for a second time – until June 5. That will leave just […]

Whether eliminating income taxes will help West Virginia depends on who you ask
By May 30, 2017 Read More →

Whether eliminating income taxes will help West Virginia depends on who you ask

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — During a recent debate on the floor of the West Virginia Senate, Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, called a plan to move the state’s tax structure to consumption taxes and eventually eliminate the personal income tax a “bold, aggressive approach” that would send the Mountain […]