Opinion

At The Capitol: No one budging on budget
By March 11, 2017 Read More →

At The Capitol: No one budging on budget

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association As the 60-day regular session of the Legislature passed the midway point, Gov. Jim Justice marked the occasion with a press conference to lament the seeming lack of progress on resolving a $500 million deficit in the upcoming 2017-18 state budget. “This is the sole and […]

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Editorial: Testing students, schools in W.Va.
By March 11, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Testing students, schools in W.Va.

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: How we West Virginians evaluate our public schools and the students in them is in limbo. The sooner that ends, the better — providing the solution is not one of the false starts that have plagued us during the past few years. A few weeks ago, state Board of Education […]

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By March 10, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: HB 2811 applies common sense to tank bill, helps West Virginia

By Doug Malcolm Let’s be real about the oil and gas production tanks that are the subject of House Bill 2811. First, they are not “chemical storage tanks” as they have recently been described in an attempt to scare up opposition to the bill. The vast majority of these tanks contain produced brine (salt water). […]

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The monster we must battle
By March 8, 2017 Read More →

The monster we must battle

The Journal editorial How West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice handle the state’s fiscal meltdown will affect each and every person in our state for years to come. Both for now and the future, they simply must get it right. But that challenge pales in comparison to the life-and-death crisis that both figuratively and […]

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Time to pick up the pace on WV budget work
By March 7, 2017 Read More →

Time to pick up the pace on WV budget work

The Herald-Dispatch editorial Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle knew West Virginia’s 2017 legislative session would be difficult. State government faces a $100 million budget deficit in the current year’s budget that will almost certainly require a healthy withdrawal from the state’s dwindling “rainy day fund.” Even more daunting is the $500 million deficit […]

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State’s leaders must hit deadline and make tough decisions on budget
By March 6, 2017 Read More →

State’s leaders must hit deadline and make tough decisions on budget

Times West Virginian editorial West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has a memory of the past as he attempts to be a leader in building a brighter future for the state. That memory involves last spring and summer. It’s a scenario — an extended special session of the Legislature — that must not be repeated. It […]

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By March 5, 2017 Read More →

EDITORIAL: State’s leaders must hit deadline and make tough decisions on budget

From The Times West Virginia: West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has a memory of the past as he attempts to be a leader in building a brighter future for the state. That memory involves last spring and summer. It’s a scenario — an extended special session of the Legislature — that must not be repeated. […]

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Editorial: Cost of inaction on drug abuse is unacceptable
By March 5, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Cost of inaction on drug abuse is unacceptable

  From The Wheeling News-Register:How West Virginia legislators and Gov. Jim Justice handle the state’s fiscal meltdown will affect each and every person in our state for years to come. Both for now and the future, they simply must get it right.  But that challenge pales in comparison to the life-and-death crisis that both figuratively […]

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Statehouse Beat: Budget deadline coming sooner than you think
By March 5, 2017 Read More →

Statehouse Beat: Budget deadline coming sooner than you think

By Phil Kabler  The Charleston Gazette-Mail I was somewhat flattered that folks thought Gov. Jim Justice’s new electronic clock counting down to the end of the legislative session is homage to my daily countdown tweets to a July 1 state government shutdown during last year’s budget impasse. The House and Senate Finance chairmen pooh-poohed Justice’s effort to […]

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Legislature should adopt tougher drug bill to protect children
By March 5, 2017 Read More →

Legislature should adopt tougher drug bill to protect children

From The Inter-Mountain of Elkins: All too frequently, reports we publish on people arrested for drug offenses mention that children were present when the crimes were committed. That is unacceptable, especially when young ones are put at physical risk. Various bills in the Legislature are aimed at cracking down on adults who are more interested […]

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