Legislature

Mid-Ohio Valley lawmakers stand firm against tax increases
By May 4, 2017 Read More →

Mid-Ohio Valley lawmakers stand firm against tax increases

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON. W.Va.  — Local state lawmakers are standing firm in their resolve not to see any additional tax increases as Gov. Jim Justice called a special session for the West Virginia Legislature to work out a budget for the state. One Wood County lawmaker said he does […]

West Virginia lawmakers set to tackle budget in special session
By May 4, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia lawmakers set to tackle budget in special session

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — A proposed 20-percent decrease in West Virginia’s income tax rate — offset largely by a 1-cent-per-dollar increase to the state’s sales tax — is expected to be on the desks of West Virginia lawmakers today as they return to Charleston for a special session […]

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Justice outlines special session agenda

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice is putting four bills on the agenda in a call for the Legislature to return for a special session at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4. Justice vetoed the budget bill lawmakers passed at the end of the 60-day regular session. The […]

Progress on WV budget compromise still murky
By May 3, 2017 Read More →

Progress on WV budget compromise still murky

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — There’s no shortage of reports about the budget talks among Democrat Gov. Jim Justice and GOP-majority leaders from the Senate and House of Delegates in the Mountain State. Whether any of the involved parties are listening to one another is a different report altogether. West Virginia citizens […]

Senate majority leader says calling special session for Thursday premature
By May 3, 2017 Read More →

Senate majority leader says calling special session for Thursday premature

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns says he feels calling legislators into a special session Thursday is premature because an agreement hasn’t been reached between all parties. In a phone interview Tuesday, Ferns, R-Ohio, said he hoped the governor would change his mind and not call legislators back […]

By May 3, 2017 Read More →

State Auditor makes plans in case of a government shutdown

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia State Auditor said he is making preparations to make sure if a government shutdown happens, it will have the least possible outcome on the state. In a phone interview Tuesday, Auditor J.B. McCuskey said he is working with his office’s general counsel in preparing legal […]

Lawmakers express concern over tiering severance tax, increasing sales tax
By May 2, 2017 Read More →

Lawmakers express concern over tiering severance tax, increasing sales tax

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Some House of Delegates members are expressing their concern over parts of the proposals for the state’s budget, especially as it relates to border counties. In a series of news releases, delegates singled out increasing the sales tax and tiering the severance tax. Last week, Gov. Jim […]

By May 2, 2017 Read More →

Water pollution changes lost when coal bill passed

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Lawmakers approved controversial language that could increase the amount of toxic chemicals discharged into West Virginia’s river and streams, but later removed the language from state law with the passage of a bill aimed at lessening a separate water quality restriction on the coal industry, legislative […]

House, Senate leadership differ on governor’s budget framework
By April 28, 2017 Read More →

House, Senate leadership differ on governor’s budget framework

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — With a special session coming up next week to deal with the budget, Senate President Mitch Carmichael said he thinks the governor’s proposed framework will help residents. However, House leadership expressed in an earlier news release that the framework does not have support from a majority of […]

Eastern Panhandle representatives reflect on session, look to budget
By April 28, 2017 Read More →

Eastern Panhandle representatives reflect on session, look to budget

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — The state representatives of the Eastern Panhandle gathered at the Holiday Inn in Martinsburg on Thursday morning for the annual Legislative wrap-up forum. Although the representatives are home after the end of the regular session, the governor has called them back to Charleston on May 4 to […]