Legislature

Legislators adjourn without taking up state employee furlough bill
By June 27, 2017 Read More →

Legislators adjourn without taking up state employee furlough bill

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After 21 days over seven-and-a-half weeks, the special session of the Legislature came to an unceremonious end Monday — with one key issue left in limbo. The House and Senate adjourned sine die after brief floor sessions Monday morning with legislation to give the governor authority to […]

Jennifer Garner meets with lawmakers to discuss Save The Children program
By June 27, 2017 Read More →

Jennifer Garner meets with lawmakers to discuss Save The Children program

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Actress and member of the Save The Children Board of Trustees Jennifer Garner spoke with state lawmakers Monday to thank them for including funding in the budget and said she hopes money is not reduced in the future. In a Monday interview Garner discussed her program and her meetings […]

Legislative leaders reflect on special session, budget
By June 27, 2017 Read More →

Legislative leaders reflect on special session, budget

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Legislature adjourned its special session Monday after 21 days. Lawmakers passed eight bills, including the budget. and the governor vetoed one bill dealing with the sale of the Jackie Withrow longterm care facility in Beckley. House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said he is glad […]

By June 27, 2017 Read More →

WV Legislature adjourns special session Monday

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The West Virginia Legislature put a close to the special legislative session Monday morning. Members of the Senate and the House of Delegates voted to adjourn Sine Die, or without a set date to return, until pre-scheduled monthly interim meetings and the next regular legislative session in […]

Justice administration still assessing potential roads bills impact
By June 26, 2017 Read More →

Justice administration still assessing potential roads bills impact

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials in Gov. Jim Justice’s administration are crunching numbers to try to figure out the possible economic impact of several roads bills passed by theLegislature. Justice spokesman Butch Antolini said the administration hopes to have a handle on the impact of the bills during the week […]

WV Senate leader sent invites to coalition’s event during special session
By June 26, 2017 Read More →

WV Senate leader sent invites to coalition’s event during special session

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — On the same day the state senate majority leader declined to sign a conference committee report that would have gone against slashing the state’s personal income tax rate, he sent out invitations to a “summer retreat” for a dark money organization with the same policy goal. In […]

Historic structures bill could have future
By June 26, 2017 Read More →

Historic structures bill could have future

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — A tax credit for rehabilitating historic structures that didn’t pass during the West Virginia Legislature’s recent special session may not be history, after all, as local lawmakers plan to reintroduce the measure next year.  Language giving developers greater incentives to undertake the redevelopment of […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Nonsense — Gov. Justice has chance to do more than showboat

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Surely anyone who begins a speech by announcing he “can’t do anything but tell the truth” understands he has just cued his audience to put up its guard. But Gov. Jim Justice’s spotlight grab Wednesday morning was so dishonest, disingenuous and full of self-serving nonsense that it made his […]

By June 24, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: State Budget Not Being Cut

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: West Virginia legislators have agreed on a General Revenue Fund budget of $4.228 billion for the fiscal year that begins in two weeks. It happened only after much hand-wringing over alleged cuts in spending that would affect many Mountain State residents adversely. Look at the figure again and do the […]

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 […]