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Around the Rotunda: A note of thanks and appreciation

By Don Smith Executive Director West Virginia Press Association The West Virginia Press Association hopes you have found the daily “Around the Rotunda,” “Statewide Coverage” and the “WVPA Today’s News” helpful during the 2017 Legislative Session. Our effort focused on giving daily insight into the daily schedule, activity and legislation at the Capitol and provide access to […]

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Editorial: Devil is in the detail of budget deal
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Editorial: Devil is in the detail of budget deal

The Register-Herald of Beckley: Word arrived late Saturday night that a budget deal had been reached between Gov. Jim Justice and Senate President Mitch Carmichael – without the House knowing what was going on behind closed doors. So, trouble ahead? Well, no matter what budget bill this legislature produces, regardless of the compromises and the […]

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Editorial: Justice’s businesses could pay delinquent taxes to set example
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Editorial: Justice’s businesses could pay delinquent taxes to set example

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page:  The public remembers certain attributes about its leaders. Sometimes, all the work done by a chief executive at the federal or state level can be forgotten because of a single error in judgment.  For example, President Richard Nixon is best known for his role in the Watergate cover-up, though […]

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Editorial: Take Time to Get The Budget Right
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Editorial: Take Time to Get The Budget Right

From the Wheeling News-Register: Differences in budget bills approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates and the state Senate last week were not of the kind that can be reconciled with just a few hours of negotiations — at least, not prudently. For example, the House budget at one point contained no funding for […]

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Editorial: West Virginia — United we stand, divided we fall
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Editorial: West Virginia — United we stand, divided we fall

From The Exponent Telegram:Going into this year’s legislative session, everyone knew that the challenges facing our great state were unprecedented and daunting, to say the least. To address these challenges would require leadership, vision, compromise and bipartisan cooperation. The first task was to address the state’s budget deficit for the current fiscal year, ending June […]

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Editorial: Federal RECLAIM Act could still help coal region
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Editorial: Federal RECLAIM Act could still help coal region

 From the Bluefield Daily Telegraph: While the coal industry may be showing renewed signs of life here in the mountains of southern West Virginia and Southwest Virginia, efforts to diversify our regional economy and create new jobs must continue. A federal measure that has been reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate […]

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Editorial: Youth employment levels remain alarmingly low
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Editorial: Youth employment levels remain alarmingly low

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: One troubling workforce development trend only seems to be getting worse. As employers continue to raise concerns about the work ethic and soft skills of entry-level job candidates and new employees, researchers also are finding that fewer young people have the part-time work experience and summer jobs that often help […]

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Opinion: Tom Crouser — Legislators shouldn’t choose their voters
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Opinion: Tom Crouser — Legislators shouldn’t choose their voters

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail, Daily Mail page: There’s another reason legislators shouldn’t choose their voters during redistricting that goes beyond the obvious reason they are choosing their own voters. It pits delegate against delegate in a War of the Roses resulting in retaliatory settling of scores. It also explains Kanawha County’s wacky delegate districts. Strap […]

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Opinion: At the Capitol — Session ends with budget drama
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Opinion: At the Capitol — Session ends with budget drama

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association Final hours of the 2017 regular session were marked with drama, including a last-minute blockbuster announcement from Gov. Jim Justice that a deal was near on the budget bill that would avoid major cuts to public education, higher education, and health programs, but the session ultimately […]

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Editorial: Marijuana bill takes heat from public
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Editorial: Marijuana bill takes heat from public

From the Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: After the West Virginia legislature this week approved a bill allowing medical marijuana in the state starting in 2019, readers were asked this question related to the legislature’s action: “Do you approve of medical marijuana for West Virginia? If not, what are your concerns?” Here are some comments they posted […]

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