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By February 25, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: Today’s WV teachers strike is not your mom’s teacher strike

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: Has anyone else noticed a different feeling in the air leading up to this teacher strike compared to 1990? A feeling is difficult to quantify, but perhaps it started a few weeks ago as teachers sent delegations to their county school board meetings. For example, in Putnam County, after teachers and […]

By February 25, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV Civilian Conservation Corps payroll is an outrage

From The Inter-Mountain of Elkins:  Public schools throughout West Virginia are closed  because of a work stoppage organized by the state’s two teachers’ unions. The strike is illegal and will affect many students and their families adversely. But it is not difficult to understand why teachers have become so frustrated with state government. Every Mountain […]

By February 25, 2018 Read More →

Huntington, WV, officials continue to monitor water levels

By COURTNEY HESSLER and JOSHUA QUALLS The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington HUNTINGTON – Weather officials still expect flooding in the Tri-State through the beginning of the week, but perhaps not as bad as had previously been forecast. The National Weather Service on Friday predicted the Ohio River in Huntington would reach near historic flood levels not […]

By February 25, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV Legislature must eliminate Bureaucratic bloat to fix pay, PEIA mess

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Gov. Jim Justice and West Virginia lawmakers spent a lot of time — on the campaign trail and before the start of the legislative session — pounding their fists in outrage at our great state being ranked 50th on so many national lists. “I’m just sick and tired of […]

By February 25, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: West Virginia must stop postponing school solutions

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: No one has a crystal ball capable of predicting the outcome of the dispute between West Virginia’s three school personnel unions and the state Legislature. But there is one reasonably sure bet: Regardless of what happens regarding salary, health insurance and other disagreements at hand, the fundamental problems of Mountain […]

At the Capitol: WV teachers to continue walkout; two weeks left in session
By February 24, 2018 Read More →

At the Capitol: WV teachers to continue walkout; two weeks left in session

By Phil Kabler For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Having loomed over the legislative session for weeks, a statewide walkout of teachers and school service personnel came to fruition on the 44th day of the 2018 regular session, as thousands of red-clad protestors filled the state Capitol on Thursday and Friday. In […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV SB 474 sheds light on lawmakers’ fears of transparency; WV House should kill it

From The Register-Herald of Beckley: Consider it ironic that in introducing legislation to shield important facts from the public in regard to public projects funded through the taxpayer-supported road bond, lawmakers had shed light on their own fears of transparency. And that sums up Senate Bill 474, which would keep government entities from releasing for […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Editorial: WV Senate thinking about ways to hide public information; House should dump SB 474

From The Charleston Gazette-Mail: If you want public information in the future, particularly if it involves spending on highways projects, don’t expect the West Virginia Senate to help you get it. The Senate this week sent to the House a bill (Senate Bill 474) to make contractors’ employee wage records confidential. Such documents, required by […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Transparency: What are WV lawmakers hiding with SB 474 bill?

From The Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Only a few short years ago, Republicans leading the charge toward a historic power shift in Charleston were promising a sharp turn away from the bad old days — the way things had always been done. My how times have changed. A hint of it came before this year’s […]

By February 24, 2018 Read More →

Opinion: The impossible task of ‘fixing’ West Virginia’s PEIA

By MIKE MYER Editor The Intelligencer of Wheeling Many of the public school teachers on strike Thursday and Friday are as upset about health insurance premiums and benefits as they are regarding salaries. “Fix PEIA” — the Public Employees Insurance Agency — signs were common on the picket lines. But it can’t be fixed. Trust […]