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GOP criticizes Justice’s plan to raise taxes for half billion budget gap
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GOP criticizes Justice’s plan to raise taxes for half billion budget gap

By ANDREW BROWN Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice delivered his first State of the State address Wednesday, and his calls to raise numerous taxes to fill a $500 million budget hole and pay for government services has left Republican lawmakers critical of the state’s new leader. Throughout his campaign, Justice would neither […]

Justice says he’s going to make DEP stop saying ‘no’ to industry
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Justice says he’s going to make DEP stop saying ‘no’ to industry

By KEN WARD JR. Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice promised Wednesday night that on his watch West Virginia business and industry would stop hearing “no” from the state Department of Environmental Protection, an 800-person agency whose rank-and-file inspectors the governor singled out for harsh criticism for — the governor alleged — wearing “T-shirts […]

New representatives enter first session
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New representatives enter first session

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia state representatives — including new senators and delegates from the Eastern Panhandle — met for the first session of the new legislature Wednesday. Sen. Patricia Rucker, R-Jefferson, 16, and Rep. Riley Moore, R-Jefferson, 67, are both first time representatives, hailing from the Eastern Panhandle. Moore […]

West Virginia Legislature kicks off in Charleston
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West Virginia Legislature kicks off in Charleston

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Wednesday marked the beginning of the new legislative session in Charleston. Delegates and Senators both anxiously awaited Governor Jim Justice’s State of the State Address on Wednesday evening. Most agreed the real work would begin when Justice announced the new state budget. House majority leader Daryl Cowles, […]

Marion County politicians weigh in on State of the State
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Marion County politicians weigh in on State of the State

By MICHELLE DILLON Times West Virginian FAIRMONT, W.Va. —  West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice gave his State of the State address to the West Virginia Legislature on Wednesday night. In his speech Justice proposed ways to fix the state’s $500 million budget deficit as well as its education, roads and other issues. Justice proposed tax […]

Justice’s budget proposal includes cuts, new fees, taxes
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Justice’s budget proposal includes cuts, new fees, taxes

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice presented a budget proposal during his State of the State address that includes both further budget cuts and increases in taxes and fees. In a largely off-the-cuff speech liberally peppered with humor and self-deprecation, Justice said spending cuts alone won’t be […]

Reactions to State of the State mixed yet hopeful
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Reactions to State of the State mixed yet hopeful

By JIM WORKMAN The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a State of the State address unlike most others Wednesday night, Gov. Jim Justice laid out a plan he called “a real pathway” out of a budget shortage he described as a “24-carat dog mess” — yet also pointing to an “incredible opportunity” that West […]

Northern WV lawmakers react to Justice’s plans
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Northern WV lawmakers react to Justice’s plans

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Following Gov. Jim Justice’s State of the State address Wednesday evening, a number of local legislators offered their thoughts on his proposals. Delegate Barbara Evans Fleischauer, D-Monongalia  “I think there was a lot that was charming or endearing.” It was more entertaining that one from the […]

Some Northern Panhandle lawmakers disappointed by proposals for increases in taxes
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Some Northern Panhandle lawmakers disappointed by proposals for increases in taxes

By JANET METZNER The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Tax and fee increases in Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed fiscal 2018 are disappointing according to some Northern Panhandle lawmakers. “He went the path of governors before him” by proposing tax increases, said Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns, R-Ohio, regarding West Virginia’s new governor, who is a Democrat. “He […]

Mid-Ohio Valley lawmakers have mixed reaction to Justice proposals
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Mid-Ohio Valley lawmakers have mixed reaction to Justice proposals

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Local lawmakers were surprised with Gov. Jim Justice’s first State of the State address in that it called for additional taxes and fees after he ran on a campaign to stop over taxation. Justice addressed both houses of the Legislature Wednesday night following the […]