Gulf in WV budget talks widens as special session continues

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In a move more likely to intensify than resolve the 20-day-old legislative budget impasse, West Virginia Senate Republicans moved closer Tuesday to restoring their version of a revenue plan that cuts income taxes and severance taxes on coal while imposing an increase[Read More…]

Justice adds FY 2018 budget and other legislation to special session

By SARAH PLUMMER The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice introduced a 2018 budget bill and six pieces of legislation to the ongoing special session Tuesday. The budget bill has been greatly anticipated as the House and Senate modified and contemplated a revenue bill for the first eight days[Read More…]

Legislative movement expected soon on revenue, roads bills

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Senate’s committee on finance passed an amended version of a House of Delegates tax and revenue bill on Tuesday, May 23 that would raise the state sales tax from 6 percent to 7.25 percent and would[Read More…]

Governor reintroduces legislation to sell Hopemont

By THERESA MARTHEY The Preston County News & Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice announced that he is adding six pieces of legislation to the special session. One of the proposed pieces of legislation is a House of Delegates Bill reintroducing the sell Hopemont Hospital. The bill has been[Read More…]

Senate guts House revenue proposal

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia Senate on Monday made good on a promise by Senate President Mitch Carmichael to push legislation for proposed tax-and-revenue measures into a conference committee situation. The Senate Committee on Tax Reform advanced House Bill 107, the House of[Read More…]

Senate wants to set higher sales tax: Pitch of 7.25 percent tax made Monday

By JOSELYN KING The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va.  — Changes made to a tax reform bill by a West Virginia Senate committee Monday would increase the Mountain State’s sales tax to 7.25 percent, setting the stage for a probable conference committee with the House as lawmakers continue to[Read More…]

WV Senate revenue proposal would raise sales tax to 7.25%

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia Senate leaders began crafting a counter-offer Monday to the House of Delegates’ revenue plan with a new proposal that would restore the Senate’s proposed cuts in income tax rates but would increase the state sales tax to 7.25 percent —[Read More…]

Editorial: Start planning for worst-case scenario

From The Dominion Post of Morgantown:  “It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him.” Or in this instance, if the dragon is only six weeks away from potentially taking wing and torching your state government. That quote above is from[Read More…]

W.Va. lawmakers support ruling on sex workers

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch of Huntington CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Where West Virginia laws may be ambiguous regarding commercial sexual activities, West Virginia lawmakers say the circumstances leading people into those activities are just as ambiguous. Local representatives in the West Virginia House of Delegates said last week they were[Read More…]

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