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By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Cuts to cost more than pretty penny

The Dominion Post of Morgantown: Never mind that everyone told us we cannot cut our way to prosperity. Don’t confuse us with facts. The Legislature had already made up its mind. Overall, the state budget that will become law today — without Gov. Jim Justice’s signature — contains more than three times the funding cuts […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Gov. Justice will veto Jackie Withrow Hospital sale bill

From the office of Gov. Jim Justice: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice said Friday he will veto House Bill 113, legislation to allow the Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) to sell Jackie Withrow Hospital. Justice said he believes it would be a mistake at this time to single out the Beckley-based hospital […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

W.Va. taxes, gas, fees to increase

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia residents will be paying more in vehicle fees and the cost of gasoline will also rise starting July 1. Gov. Jim Justice signed House Bill 1006 Thursday, raising more money for the State Road Fund, with about $140 million a year projected to be […]

Governor signs bill aimed to improve state flood protection planning
By June 23, 2017 Read More →

Governor signs bill aimed to improve state flood protection planning

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CLENDENIN, W.Va. — The day before the anniversary of last year’s floods, Gov. Jim Justice ceremonially signed a bill that aims to help better coordinate efforts after a flood. Justice, House Speaker Tim Armstead, and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, along with a volunteer group from Texas that was still working […]

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Justice signs ‘landmark’ bill raising funds for highways
By June 23, 2017 Read More →

Justice signs ‘landmark’ bill raising funds for highways

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A day after announcing he would let the “travesty” of the $4.225 billion state budget bill become law without his signature, Gov. Jim Justice returned to the governor’s reception room Thursday under happier circumstances, to sign what he called “landmark” legislation to raise about $140 million a […]

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Eastern Panhandle lawmakers reflect on Legislature
By June 23, 2017 Read More →

Eastern Panhandle lawmakers reflect on Legislature

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — With the anticipated passing of the FY2018 state budget bill Saturday, the special legislative session is winding to a close. Since January, state representatives from the Eastern Panhandle advocated for many bills dealing with education, tax reform and the state drug epidemic. While some bills will become […]

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Lamenting lost opportunities, Justice to let WV budget become law
By June 22, 2017 Read More →

Lamenting lost opportunities, Justice to let WV budget become law

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Calling the $4.225 billion West Virginia budget bill “a travesty” that he can’t possibly sign, Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday he will let the bill become law without his signature. “I’m just going to let it go into law,” he said during a 35-minute news conference Wednesday […]

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Legislative leaders relieved by governor’s decision to allow budget into law
By June 22, 2017 Read More →

Legislative leaders relieved by governor’s decision to allow budget into law

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Many legislators said they are relieved by the governor’s decision to let the 2018 budget become law without his signature, even if they didn’t necessarily like everything in the budget.  Calling the bill a “travesty,” Justice announced his decision in a Wednesday press conference. House Speaker Tim […]

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Lawmakers: Governor Jim Justice right to avoid veto of budget proposal
By June 22, 2017 Read More →

Lawmakers: Governor Jim Justice right to avoid veto of budget proposal

By JOSELYN KING and CASEY JUNKINS The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Northern Panhandle lawmakers said West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice made the right move Wednesday in announcing he would not veto the state budget passed last week, avoiding a government shutdown July 1. Justice announced Wednesday he would not sign the $4.228 […]

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By June 21, 2017 Read More →

Union seeks Governor’s help in keeping Withrow Hospital open

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — UE Local 170, the West Virginia Public Workers Union, has issued a call that the Governor refuse to approve the closing of Jackie Withrow Hospital, a nursing home facility in Beckley. Donna Morgan, former Local president and current UE Eastern regional president, said that the union’s attempts to speak with the Governor […]