Opinion

Editorial: Public deserves to know impact of tax changes
By March 5, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Public deserves to know impact of tax changes

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: West Virginia state government is facing a $500 million budget deficit, and ideas about budget cuts, new revenue streams and tax reform are coming up left and right. With the declines in traditional revenue from energy severance taxes and gaming, lawmakers know that it is a new day and time […]

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Weekly update from West Virginia House of Delegates
By March 4, 2017 Read More →

Weekly update from West Virginia House of Delegates

Release from the House of Delegates: CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The House of Delegates this week passed a series of bills to address the state’s substance abuse epidemic and curb drug trafficking into the state, while also continuing efforts to close next year’s budget gap. Delegates worked in a bipartisan manner this week to pass six bills […]

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At The Capitol: No budget solution yet
By March 4, 2017 Read More →

At The Capitol: No budget solution yet

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the 60-day regular session of the Legislature moving toward its midpoint, Gov. Jim Justice and legislative leaders remain far apart on how to close a $500 million deficit in the 2017-18 state budget. Facing legislative pushback on his original budget plan, Justice last […]

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By March 4, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Trespassers will not be re-elected

From The Dominion Post: Honestly, we expected better from lawmakers who introduced these bills. But, since ”doublespeak” is the rage and still fools many, why not? We refer to two measures in the Legislature to provide gas companies access to land without the property owners’ permission. Last fall, the state Supreme Court upheld a lower […]

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice drives roads plan
By March 4, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice drives roads plan

By Michael Erb Parkersburg News and Sentinel PARKERSBURG, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice visited the Parkersburg area Friday to drum up support for his state budget proposal and an aggressive roads program. Justice visited the State Police Detachment in Parkersburg Friday morning and Friday afternoon traveled to the Waverly Volunteer Fire Department as […]

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Editorial: Spending Cuts Governor’s Job
By March 4, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Spending Cuts Governor’s Job

The Wheeling News-Register: Midyear spending cuts have become common in state government.  When lagging revenue required it, former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin set a dollar amount of spending that had to be eliminated, then told state agency heads to do it. He did not ask legislators to itemize spending cuts. Now Tomblin’s successor, Gov. Jim […]

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Gayle Manchin touts Justice’s budget plan in Huntington
By March 4, 2017 Read More →

Gayle Manchin touts Justice’s budget plan in Huntington

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice’s “Save our State” tour made its stop in Huntington Friday as a member of Justice’s cabinet came to the Jewel City to discuss his ideas to balance the state’s budget and hopefully jump-start the state’s economy. Gayle Manchin, secretary of […]

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Editorial: Ethics reform bill a good step to rebuild confidence
By March 4, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Ethics reform bill a good step to rebuild confidence

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: A bill progressing through the West Virginia Legislature underscores the notion that public officials should be focused on serving their constituents rather than themselves, their families or their friends. That’s a good principle to reinforce. The legislation, House Bill 2001, is touted as an ethics reform bill, and on Monday […]

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Another attempt to improve testing
By March 3, 2017 Read More →

Another attempt to improve testing

The Journal editorial For many years, students in West Virginia public schools had to take standardized tests that left much to be desired. But once state officials adopted them, it proved difficult to change. State legislators moving to eliminate the newest exam, the Smarter Balanced test, are right to insist the Department of Education pull […]

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Time to tighten spending belts
By March 2, 2017 Read More →

Time to tighten spending belts

BY CHRIS KINSLER The Journal editorial Government budget writers often point to fixed costs as one reason they cannot reduce spending. To an extent, they have a point. Here in West Virginia, there are several examples of untouchable line items in the budget. Funding for the state-federal Medicaid program cannot be reduced easily, for example. […]

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