West Virginia leaders talk new budget pitch in Charleston

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — West Virginia legislative leaders discussed a new budget proposal during negotiations with Gov. Jim Justice Tuesday night, and their next move is to explain it to their members. Details of the spending proposal provided by House Speaker Tim Armstead,[Read More…]

Contractors group backs Justice infrastructure plan in wake of job losses

By MAX GARLAND Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A national contractors group voiced its support for Gov. Jim Justice’s proposed infrastructure plan Wednesday, saying it would create jobs in an area seeing one of the sharpest declines in construction jobs nationwide. “Proposals like the governor’s will bring more workers into[Read More…]

Economist says construction work in Charleston area at record low

Contractors Associations call for support of infrastructure projects By Don Smith W.Va. Press Association CHARLESTON, W.VA. — With jobs in construction, mining and logging in the Charleston area at the lowest levels since 1990, representatives of the Contractors Association of West Virginia and Associated General Contractors of America joined with Cabinet Secretary Thomas Smith, head[Read More…]

At the Capitol: Still no budget

By Phil Kabler For The West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After 10 days in special session failed to bring the Senate and House of Delegates any closer to resolution of the impasse over the 2017-18 state budget, legislators voted for put the session on hiatus for a second time – until June[Read More…]

WV Gov. Justice takes active role in compromise negotiations

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail Gov. Jim Justice employed his version of shuttle diplomacy Thursday, shuttling between cliques of legislators housed in various Capitol building meeting rooms in what turned out to be a daylong effort to try to come up with a compromise between glaringly different Senate and House[Read More…]

Justice begins budget negotiations with WV lawmakers

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Billing himself as “mediator-in-chief,” West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice started meetings with members of the state House of Delegates and Senate on Thursday, May 25 in another attempt to reach agreement on a tax reform, revenue and budget plan. A second[Read More…]

Legislature takes second hiatus as July 1 shutdown looms

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the Senate and House of Delegates still seemingly miles apart on how to raise revenue to close a $260 million gap in the 2017-18 state budget, the Legislature agreed Wednesday to put the special session on a second hiatus — to[Read More…]

Justice to meet with Senate, House leadership to measure stances

Staff reports The Weirton Daily Times CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Gov. Jim Justice will meet with the senate president, senate minority leader, speaker of the house, and the house minority leader in four separate rooms and travel from room to room as the mediator-in-chief today. Justice wanted to better understand the[Read More…]

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