Legislature

By October 1, 2017 Read More →

Road Bond Editorial: The Wheeling News-Register says vote ‘Yes’

From The Wheeling News-Register:   Vote ‘Yes’ and monitor road project spending No doubt some unscrupulous operators are eager to see West Virginians approve a $1.6 billion road bond issue. The possibilities for fraud and other chicanery are limitless. Voters in our area should say yes to the bond issue, as we have emphasized. It is good […]

By October 1, 2017 Read More →

Road Bond Editorial: Weirton Daily Times says vote ‘Yes’

From The Weirton Daily Times:  For years, many West Virginians have complained about the sorry condition of many highways and bridges in our state. We wondered why someone didn’t do something about the problem. Now whether the challenge is addressed is up to us. It would be foolish not to seize the opportunity. A referendum […]

Interim meeting hints at coming tax reform debate
By September 25, 2017 Read More →

Interim meeting hints at coming tax reform debate

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia lawmakers are gearing up for another try at passing tax reform in the state. How sweeping those reforms may be appears to be something that will be open for a great deal of debate. Several tax reform ideas were discussed on Sept. 18 at […]

Preston Delegate Tony Lewis dead at 59
By September 25, 2017 Read More →

Preston Delegate Tony Lewis dead at 59

Staff reports The Preston County News & Journal KINGWOOD, W.Va.  — Delegate Tony Lewis, R-Preston, has died at the age of 59 following a battle with lymphoma. House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, said Lewis died at around 4 p.m. Sunday. “I am so very sad to learn of Tony’s passing,” Speaker Armstead said. “Tony was a true West […]

By September 25, 2017 Read More →

State-run farms lose almost $3 million

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia lawmakers should consider whether the state should continue to operate state-owned farms after the institutions lost about $2.6 million over the past three years, lawmakers were told during a legislative interim meeting on Sept. 17. Justin Robinson, a legislative auditor with the Legislature’s post […]

Legislators hear details of challenges, ongoing recoveries from June flood
By September 20, 2017 Read More →

Legislators hear details of challenges, ongoing recoveries from June flood

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Officials from towns in Kanawha and Greenbrier counties Tuesday detailed challenges and ongoing recovery efforts after last June’s devastating floods. County and city officials told members of the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Flooding about challenges they faced after the flood, including what some said was a need […]

WV Gov. Justice appoints Foster’s replacement to House
By September 20, 2017 Read More →

WV Gov. Justice appoints Foster’s replacement to House

By JAKE ZUCKERMAN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia governor appointed an auditor from Cross Lanes to fill a vacant seat in the House of Delegates on Tuesday. Dianna Graves will take over the Putnam County seat vacated by Nancy Foster, who resigned Sept. 1. Graves currently works as an auditor for Suttle & […]

Issues raised about costs of moving state agencies to WV Capitol grounds
By September 20, 2017 Read More →

Issues raised about costs of moving state agencies to WV Capitol grounds

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher told legislators Tuesday that, if he had a choice, he would not have moved department agencies into Capitol complex Building 3, which reopened this summer after undergoing a $34 million renovation. “It’s a judgment call whether we should have moved to that building,” […]

By September 20, 2017 Read More →

WV officials unsure PEIA would benefit from privatization

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Privatization of West Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation insurance was successful, particularly in lowering employer premiums and increasing competition, Brickstreet Insurance CEO Greg Burton told legislators Tuesday. Whether those successes would apply to privatization of the state Public Employees Insurance Agency health insurance remains to be seen, he said. “I’m […]

By September 20, 2017 Read More →

Wood County official meets with lawmakers on jail bill

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersuburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — Wood County officials feel they have discovered major problems with how regional jail bills are figured and are presenting them to state officials. Commission President Blair Couch said he recently attended a meeting of the Post Audit Subcommittee that is part of the West […]