Opinion

W.Va. Coal Association embraces Trump’s approach on power plan
By March 29, 2017 Read More →

W.Va. Coal Association embraces Trump’s approach on power plan

Release from the W.Va. Coal Association:  CHARLESTON, W.Va. ─ In his most eagerly anticipated official action to date, President Donald Trump officially curbed damaging federal regulations on electric power generation in the United States, and the West Virginia Coal Association is singing his praises. “Never before have we seen a chief executive who has lived […]

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Opinion: SB 576 Joint-Development represents fairness, opportunity
By March 28, 2017 Read More →

Opinion: SB 576 Joint-Development represents fairness, opportunity

Release from W.Va. Independent Oil and Gas Association:   By Brett Loflin, Northeast Natural Energy The state of West Virginia is in the midst of financial crisis. All are aware of ongoing discussions between the Governor and the Legislature as to how we can generate revenue in order to provide our citizens with the services, […]

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Editorial: Hope for the future – More coal moving through Bluefield
By March 26, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Hope for the future – More coal moving through Bluefield

From The Bluefield Daily Telegraph: It is something we are seeing just about every day now. Trains are hauling more coal through Bluefield. It is a comforting sight for those who are hoping to see a long-awaited resurgence of the coal industry. The reason more coal is being shipped through Bluefield is due to an uptick in the […]

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Editorial: Used car bill would provide real help for many
By March 26, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Used car bill would provide real help for many

From The Inter-Mountain of Elkins:   Give West Virginia legislators several years ago credit for wanting to protect their constituents from junk cars. But like so many consumer-protection laws, the statute enacted for that purpose was detrimental to many it was supposed to help. Under current law, if you want to buy a used car or […]

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This week in the House of Delegates
By March 26, 2017 Read More →

This week in the House of Delegates

Release from The W.Va. House of Delegates: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – With a key legislative deadline looming next week, members of the House of Delegates worked late hours this past week to process a large volume of bills, including legislation addressing the state’s budget situation, and bills to improve the state’s access to broadband and response […]

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Speaker Armstead thanks all Delegates for support on flood protection bill
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Speaker Armstead thanks all Delegates for support on flood protection bill

From the Office of Del. Tim Armstead, Speaker of the House of Delegates: CHARLESTON, W.Va. — W.Va. House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, issued the following statement on passage of a bill to reform state flood protection planning: “I am grateful today for the House of Delegates’ unanimous support for this legislation. Our state has had a […]

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At the Capitol for March 25: Last one out of the Capitol, turn off the red light
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

At the Capitol for March 25: Last one out of the Capitol, turn off the red light

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s latest effort to promote his plan to help close a $500 million shortfall in the 2017-18 state budget, in part, by raising about $350 million in new taxes left legislative leaders seeing red – literally. Declaring that the Legislature’s plan […]

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By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Fund transition process for RESAs

From The Wheeling News-Register: It appears Gov. Jim Justice and legislators may be aiming to get West Virginia a guest appearance on the hit television show “The Walking Dead.” Our state’s regional education service agencies may qualify for a cameo role. Justice and most legislators seem determined to kill the state’s eight RESAs. As we have noted […]

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Editorial: Dumb Stunt — Justice should focus on making needed cuts
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Dumb Stunt — Justice should focus on making needed cuts

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Gov. Jim Justice’s brand of folksy political theater has crossed a line, and West Virginians should let him know they have had enough. Earlier this week, Justice made the mind-boggling decision to light the emergency lantern at the top of the Capitol dome, and keep it lit for the […]

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Editorial: Spending cuts can allow for programs
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Spending cuts can allow for programs

From The Journal of Martinsburg: West Virginia University President E. Gordon Gee is right about the danger of across-the-board spending cuts in state government — to a point. Republican legislators have vowed to balance the state budget through limits on spending. Gee and many others in higher education worry that could damage their institutions. With […]

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