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GOP leaders: Hold the line on spending
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GOP leaders: Hold the line on spending

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The public negotiations over how to balance the Mountain State’s budget began Monday when leaders from both chambers of the Republican-held West Virginia Legislature made their first counteroffer to Democratic Gov. Jim Justice’s two $4.5 billion proposals. To offset a projected nearly $500 million budget shortfall for fiscal […]

Senate committee advances income tax bill
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Senate committee advances income tax bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — After making additional changes over the weekend, a Senate committee advanced a bill Monday that would decrease personal income tax and create a consumption tax. The Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform made a few changes SB 335 in their Saturday meeting, then made additional changes before Monday’s […]

Lawmakers counter Justice’s budget
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Lawmakers counter Justice’s budget

The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Legislative leaders countered Gov. Jim Justice’s budget clock with a couple visuals of their own on March 13. Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Tim Armstead, along with other legislators, stood between two oversize checks representing Justice’s tax-hike-based budget bouncing and their own that pays the bills, they […]

Leadership introduces budget framework; Justice says it won’t save the patient
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Leadership introduces budget framework; Justice says it won’t save the patient

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Legislative leadership announced its framework for the budget, saying the goal is for the state to “live within its means” by staying within its $4.055 billion revenue estimate. However, Gov. Jim Justice, who has referred to the state as a dying patient, said the proposal “will not […]

House Judiciary Committee advances gentler storage tank bill
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House Judiciary Committee advances gentler storage tank bill

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLSTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates’ committee on the judiciary added amendments to a storage tank bill on Monday, March 13 that could assuage many of the objections to the legislation. The original bill, House Bill 2811, would have exempted about 29,000 storage tanks, […]

WV lawmakers back off larger rollback of chemical tank law
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WV lawmakers back off larger rollback of chemical tank law

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia House Judiciary Committee members on Monday backed away from giving the natural gas industry a broad exemption from a 3-year-old chemical tank safety law. That law was passed after the Elk River spill that contaminated the drinking water for hundreds of thousands of residents […]

Tax reform bill moves on in Charleston
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Tax reform bill moves on in Charleston

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform approved its tax reform bill March 13, with a few amendments, morning and sent it to the Finance Committee. The revised bill changes how and when the personal income tax is phased out. Members also approved a package of […]

GOP announces plan that cuts $390M from existing WV budget
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GOP announces plan that cuts $390M from existing WV budget

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s legislative leaders on Monday unveiled what they call the framework for their 2017-18 general revenue budget alternative, a budget capped at $4.055 billion — about $390 million less than the current state budget and $445 million below Gov. Jim Justice’s budget plan. The proposal would […]

Senate Tax Reform Committee ready with tax overhaul
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Senate Tax Reform Committee ready with tax overhaul

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Senate’s select committee on tax reform voted on a final state tax overhaul proposal on Monday, March 13 after several meetings to tweak the bill. The committee, appointed by Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and chaired by Sen. Robert Karnes, R-Upshur, […]

Bills introduced March 13
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Bills introduced March 13

The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Here are some bills introduced March 13, along with two local bridge-naming resolutions. SB 592, to have an independent redistricting commission propose redistricting plans during census years. Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, co-sponsor. HB 2936, to require competitive bidding for all state purchases of commodities, printing and services. HB 2941, […]