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Editorial: Wasteful – Lawmakers, Justice must get budget right
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Editorial: Wasteful – Lawmakers, Justice must get budget right

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Last week, Gov. Jim Justice brought lawmakers back to Charleston for a special session that started not with a bang, but with confusion and a lot of standing around. As state Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, put it “(Thursday) was a complete waste.” Amid complaints the governor was simply not […]

Budget for their future
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Budget for their future

From The Dominion Post: Little is known about the poem “The Merry Month of May,” other than it was first published in a play in 1599. Since then, that title has shown up in songs, a novel, commercials, editorials and so on. Yet, we often think of May as perhaps the most bittersweet month of […]

Editorial: What’s the plan? West Virginia’s people deserve good, quick answer
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Editorial: What’s the plan? West Virginia’s people deserve good, quick answer

From the Times West Virginian: West Virginia needs a plan. Let’s say it even more strongly. West Virginia’s leaders desperately must come up with a plan to both resolve the state’s budget for the next fiscal year and chart a path toward a better future.  It’s not enough to continue to agree to disagree. It’s […]

Statehouse Beat: Questions and answers about the budget
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Statehouse Beat: Questions and answers about the budget

By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mail Now that we can officially declare a state budget impasse for a second year in a row, time for some FAQ about the budget crisis. (I don’t want to say I told you so, but the events of the special session, as of press-time, have played out exactly as […]

By May 6, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: Business perspective is vital in weighing taxes

By Steve Roberts West Virginia Chamber of Commerce West Virginia’s business tax climate ranking was the third worst in the nation just a dozen years ago. Our state bore the dubious rank of 47th in the nation when ranked among the 50 states for business tax competitiveness. Our corporate net income tax rate was one of […]

Opinion: House leadership optimistic break will foster budget compromise, prevent waste
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Opinion: House leadership optimistic break will foster budget compromise, prevent waste

Release from the  W.Va. House of Delegates CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Leaders of the House of Delegates today said they believe the 10-day break in the Legislature’s special session will foster a compromise on the state’s budget situation while protecting taxpayers from having to pay the $35,000-a-day cost to continue the session. “We have said repeatedly […]

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Opinion: Spending plan key component to W.Va. Special Legislative Session

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Low-tax advocates in the West Virginia House of Delegates are not unreasonable men and women. House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, signaled as much Thursday, when he told a reporter a new state budget that “barely increases taxes”might be acceptable. But the $300 million boost in taxes reportedly included in a […]

Opinion: Justice fiasco at special session
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Opinion: Justice fiasco at special session

From The Journal of Martinsburg: To borrow from one of Gov. Jim Justice’s favorite types of analogy, when West Virginia legislators returned to Charleston at his call Thursday, they were handed a silver platter full of … nothing. Last week, Justice issued his call for a special session of the Legislature, to begin Thursday. The […]

West Virginia Legislature adjourns without budget bill
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West Virginia Legislature adjourns without budget bill

By JOSELYN KING For The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The next move for West Virginia lawmakers working to pass a 2018 budget is to go home for 10 days. A special session of the Legislature adjourned Friday after Senate members passed a revenue bill needed for the budget, and House members voted […]

WV House again rejects bill; 10-day recess called
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WV House again rejects bill; 10-day recess called

Jake Zuckerman The Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a floundering start to a special session convened to create a budget for the coming fiscal year, the House of Delegates has rejected two versions of the same budget framework, the Legislature has recessed until May 15 and West Virginia’s budget dilemma remains unresolved. After a […]