Legislature

Gov. Jim Justice blasts new capitol restroom plan
By July 13, 2017 Read More →

Gov. Jim Justice blasts new capitol restroom plan

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — West Virginia’s severance tax collections are up so far in 2017, but overall budget estimates came up more than $120 million short for the fiscal year just ended, the office of West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice announced Wednesday. Later in the day, Justice criticized […]

By July 9, 2017 Read More →

W.Va. road bond election to cost $2.8 million

By JOSELYN KING The Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — A special election this fall that could lead to nearly $3 billion in road projects across West Virginia will cost the state about $2.8 million — and it will all be done on paper, according to the West Virginia Secretary of State’s Office. A constitutional amendment […]

By July 9, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Limit government spending in WV

From The Weirton Daily Times: Statutory limits on government growth, as West Virginia House of Delegates member Pat McGeehan envisions, are not a bad idea. Convincing his fellow legislators to adopt them is another story, however. McGeehan, R-Hancock, plans to try that when lawmakers convene their next regular session early in 2018. He told our […]

By July 9, 2017 Read More →

WV legislation gives nonviolent offenders new hope for employment opportunities

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald of Beckley CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A law that allows people convicted of nonviolent felonies to petition a judge to reduce the charge to a misdemeanor went into effect Friday. The West Virginia Legislature passed Senate Bill 76, the West Virginia Second Chance for Employment Act, with time down to the […]

Eastern Panhandle lawmaker reacts to Legislature blame
By July 4, 2017 Read More →

Eastern Panhandle lawmaker reacts to Legislature blame

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Reacting to claims from both West Virginia University and Gov. Jim Justice that the legislators in Charleston were solely to blame for the five percent tuition hike at West Virginia University approved for the 2018 fiscal year, an Eastern Panhandle state delegate said other factors were also […]

Gov. Justice: AHCA would ‘cripple’ WV
By June 30, 2017 Read More →

Gov. Justice: AHCA would ‘cripple’ WV

By ERIN BECK Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice said Thursday that congressional Republican leaders’ plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act “would cripple us beyond belief.” All three members of the U.S. House of Representatives from West Virginia — Republican Reps. David McKinley, Alex Mooney and Evan Jenkins — voted […]

Governor, Senate President address Coal Forum
By June 30, 2017 Read More →

Governor, Senate President address Coal Forum

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice and Senate President Mitch Carmichael said they believe the state missed out by not tiering severance tax, a concept the governor advocated that did not make it through the Legislature. Justice and Carmichael addressed Thursday’s Coal Forum at the Culture Center, both talked about […]

By June 30, 2017 Read More →

Gov. Justice blames legislators for failures of special session, says road bond key to state’s future

By CHARLES YOUNG The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — West Virginia’s governor is frustrated with the results of the Legislature’s special session, but he remains optimistic about the state’s prospects going forward. In a conversation with The Exponent Telegram via video conferencing Thursday, Gov. Jim Justice expressed his disappointment with the Legislature for not making […]

WV governor signs road-building bill into effect
By June 28, 2017 Read More →

WV governor signs road-building bill into effect

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice took a spin on the hyperbole highway Tuesday, declaring that his road-building initiative will lead the state to unprecedented heights. “Of everything that’s been done in this state forevermore … this is the biggest, this is the boldest, this will absolutely turn the state […]

Governor signs parkways bill, sets Oct 7 as date to vote on highway bonds
By June 28, 2017 Read More →

Governor signs parkways bill, sets Oct 7 as date to vote on highway bonds

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice Tuesday signed a bill that would create a single-fee E-ZPass program and set the date to vote on highway bonds. In a late morning press conference, Justice signed Senate Bill 1003, which is part of his roads package. The bill establishes a one-time annual […]