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West Virginia revenue officials present details of governor’s proposed 2019 budget
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West Virginia revenue officials present details of governor’s proposed 2019 budget

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – Gov. Jim Justice’s chief of staff and the director of the state budget office expressed optimism for the 2019 fiscal year and the budget going six years into the future. Mike Hall, Justice’s chief of staff, and Mike McKown, state budget office director, addressed the House and […]

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Meals tax back on the menu at West Virginia 2108 Legislature

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Allowing voters of localities to decide whether to enact a meals tax could be one component of a plan to compensate for the loss of tax revenue if an “anti-business” personal property tax is eliminated. The meals tax option resurfaced again recently when some state legislators […]

West Virginia State of State leaves Marshall’s Gilbert optimistic
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West Virginia State of State leaves Marshall’s Gilbert optimistic

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert is expecting a much better year after hearing Gov. Jim Justice’s optimistic State of the State address Wednesday night. Gilbert joined Del. Matt Rohrbach, R-Cabell, on the House floor for Justice’s speech Wednesday and was even the source of one of Justice’s jokes, […]

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Reaction mixed to West Virginia Gov. Justice’s State of the State address

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazete-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawmakers were divided over some of the few policy points outlined Wednesday in Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said the speech was top-notch, especially given Justice endorsed his plan for the state to provide free community and technical college […]

Huntington-area legislators want details after West Virginia State of State speech
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Huntington-area legislators want details after West Virginia State of State speech

By TAYLOR STUCK The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. West Virginia’s “head coach” Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday night left local legislators optimistic but searching for details. The governor, who said he wouldn’t mind being called “coach” during a speech filled with sports analogies, laid out his plans for the 2018 session, including a […]

Mid-Ohio Valley lawmakers voice support for West Virginia Gov. Justice’s proposals
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Mid-Ohio Valley lawmakers voice support for West Virginia Gov. Justice’s proposals

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Local lawmakers are looking forward to getting started as the governor laid out what he saw as being important priorities to work on in the upcoming legislative session. Gov. Jim Justice gave his State of the State address Wednesday before the Legislature on the […]

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Justice’s speech includes optimism for West Virginia

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – Gov. Jim Justice rallied optimism in his state of the state address, proposing new spending measures including pay raises for all state employees, increased funding to tourism and commerce, and elimination of the business inventory tax. Justice delivered his second state of the state address, his first […]

Delegates, special guests echo cautious optimism following Gov. Justice positive State of the State address
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Delegates, special guests echo cautious optimism following Gov. Justice positive State of the State address

By JOHN DAHLIA NCWV Media CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Enthusiastic optimism was the prevailing theme of Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday night in Charleston, said many of those in attendance. “I’ve thought a lot about what has happened in the last 12 months,” Gov. Justice said to the joint legislative session in […]

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West Virginia House of Delegates gavel in, introducing roughly 500 carryover bills

By WENDY HOLDREN The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The House of Delegates assembled Wednesday at noon for the first day of the Legislative session, introducing more than 500 carryover bills. Many of those bills focused on taxes, education, state worker compensation and benefits, as well as health, hunting and social issues. • Noteworthy among the tax bills […]

Putnam County delegate to be assistant House majority leader
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Putnam County delegate to be assistant House majority leader

Staff report Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Republican lawmaker from Putnam County has been picked as assistant majority leader for the state House of Delegates. Geoff Foster was appointed to the post Monday by House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, according to a news release from the House. Foster, who has served for three years […]