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Uncertain Future For Greyhounds in West Virginia
By March 26, 2017 Read More →

Uncertain Future For Greyhounds in West Virginia

By Joselyn King The Intelligencer of Wheeling WHEELING, W.Va .— The next run for racing greyhounds in West Virginia could be to Florida — another state that has dog racing — or to adoption and a new home if the greyhound breeders’ fund is eliminated by the West Virginia Legislature. Greyhound racing in West Virginia […]

State lawmakers propose new soda tax
By March 26, 2017 Read More →

State lawmakers propose new soda tax

By Danyel VanReenen The Journal of Martinsburg CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginians may be paying more for sugary drinks in the future if certain proposals pass state legislature.  Gov. Jim Justice proposed a health tax to “promote better health in West Virginia.” The added tax would add1 cent per ounce on sugary drinks, which he said could create […]

Budget talks continue in Legislature
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Budget talks continue in Legislature

By Andrea Lannom The Register-Herald of Beckley CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Delegate Mick Bates said he knows an easy way to balance the budget without tax increases or crippling cuts. Taking out a stack of papers he said was the budget bill, Bates balanced the papers on top of his head. After Thursday’s floor session, Bates, […]

By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Natural gas pipeline project moving forward in Eastern Panhandle

By Danyel VanReenen The Journal of Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va.  — Natural gas companies with an interest in constructing a pipeline through the Eastern Panhandle are making the necessary applications to advance the project. Columbia Gas Transmission, LLC, applied for a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Eastern Panhandle Expansion Project from the Federal […]

School testing amendment divides senators
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

School testing amendment divides senators

By David Beard The Dominion Post  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Senators divided sharply on March 23 over an amendment to a bill to abandon Common Core-related school testing. The testing bill is SB 18. As amended, it requires an 11th-grade college admission assessment that complies with Every Student Succeeds Act requirements and a career readiness assessment […]

Editorial: Time to derail tax ‘reform’ bill
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Time to derail tax ‘reform’ bill

From The Dominion Post of Morgantown:  It’s time to throw the switch on Senate Bill 335 and divert it onto a sidetrack. An independent analysis of the enormous tax changes in this bill is critical. The state deputy revenue secretary’s fiscal note on this bill already came back with flashing red lights: “The proposed bill […]

House of Delegates guts Gov. Justice tax bill
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

House of Delegates guts Gov. Justice tax bill

By Rusty Marks The State Journal  CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The House of Delegates Finance Committee has gutted a tax revenue bill that was the basis of Gov. Jim Justice’s budget plan. As originally requested by the governor, House Bill 2816 would have raised the state sales tax to 6.5 percent, up from 6 percent. It […]

By March 25, 2017 Read More →

U.S. Census Bureau statistics show: Population decline persists in coal counties

By CHARLIE BOOTHE Bluefield Daily Telegraph   BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — Officials have consistently said economic development is the key to stopping the population decline in the region, which the latest statistics show is continuing. All area counties, except Giles County in Virginia, are continuing to experience population losses. The U.S. Census Bureau released the latest […]

Editorial: Changes to state storage tank law yield good results
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Editorial: Changes to state storage tank law yield good results

From The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington: Compromise has become a rarer commodity in legislative bodies these days. However, members of West Virginia’s House of Delegates last week did manage to find some common ground before passing a bill related to how many chemical storage tanks have to comply with tougher laws passed following the 2014 Freedom […]

Senate panel restores grocery sales tax to legislation
By March 25, 2017 Read More →

Senate panel restores grocery sales tax to legislation

By Lacie PiersonThe Huntington Herald-DispatchCHARLESTON, W.VA. – The West Virginia Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform approved a new, slightly slimmer tax reform bill Friday afternoon. On Friday, committee members approved Senate Bill 409, which increases the state’s sales tax and eliminates some exemptions to it. The measure also restores a sales tax on groceries […]