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Justice begs House to pass a budget; Senate waits
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Justice begs House to pass a budget; Senate waits

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Any lingering optimism for a quick and easy legislative session to establish a budget for the state of West Virginia for 2018 was fading in the West Virginia Capitol on Wednesday. Wednesday was the fifth day of a special session of the 83rd West Virginia Legislature. By the […]

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Committee members express concerns with Parkways bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Legislators continued to question two of the governor’s roads measures, spending most of their time Wednesday debating a bill dealing with the West Virginia Parkways Authority. In a meeting of the House Committee on Finance, members discussed House Bill 102, which will be replaced by House Bill […]

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Nelson supports historic building tax credit increase
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Nelson supports historic building tax credit increase

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An increase in the tax credit rate for restoring historical buildings in West Virginia so far has survived the West Virginia Senate. In the House of Delegates, Finance Committee Chairman Eric Nelson said Monday he was supportive of increasing the tax credit rate as long as it came […]

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WV budget battle continues, with income tax cuts the issue
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WV budget battle continues, with income tax cuts the issue

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Day four of the special legislative session on the West Virginia budget was marked by a rare Senate floor speech by Gov. Jim Justice. The speech was intended to garner support for a Justice/Senate compromise plan that would raise sales taxes but lower income tax rates, while […]

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Justice pushes Senate on budget
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Justice pushes Senate on budget

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice took to the Senate floor Tuesday to rally Senate members on the merits of a tax reform plan he achieved with Senate leadership — a measure central to their plans for a 2018 state budget. Minutes later members passed […]

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Senate passes amended tax reform bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — After the governor addressed the full Senate, encouraging passage of the revenue bill, and a debate on whether income tax should only be eliminated on Social Security, the body passed the Tax Reform Act. Senate Bill 1007, which passed in a 19-11 vote, marked a change from […]

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Opinion: Natural Gas —  A Solution for W.Va.
By May 16, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Natural Gas —  A Solution for W.Va.

By Phil Reale Attorney Charleston, W.Va. As a lawyer and lobbyist for IOGA of WV I read with interest the text of a recent article on the WV Metronews website discussing the state’s revenue and budget posture.  As a past president of IOGA of WV years ago when my career was more exclusively grounded in oil […]

WV budget talks resume in special session
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WV budget talks resume in special session

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a 10-day break, West Virginia legislators resumed a special session on the budget Monday, with the Justice administration and Senate leadership tweaking a revenue plan in hopes of gaining support in the House of Delegates — which twice soundly rejected earlier versions of the bill. Ultimately, […]

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Legislature gavels back in for special session with two new bills on call, changes to revenue proposal
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Legislature gavels back in for special session with two new bills on call, changes to revenue proposal

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Legislature gaveled back into special session Monday with two more bills added to the call. On Monday, Gov. Jim Justice added a bill to increase the consumer sales tax and use tax on vehicles and a bill authorizing the furlough of state employees in […]

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Justice chief of staff warns of possible state shutdown

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — “Out of an abundance of caution” Gov. Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff Nick Casey on Monday instructed West Virginia’s cabinet secretaries to start developing contingency plans for a potential shutdown in state government. The memo came during the third day of a special session of the 83rd […]

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