Anatomy of a budget breakdown

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It wasn’t as if he hadn’t tried to warn them. For weeks, House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, had been telling anyone who would listen that the Republican majority in the House of Delegates would not go along with any state revenue[Read More…]

Editorial: Wasteful – Lawmakers, Justice must get budget right

From the Parkersburg News and Sentinel: Last week, Gov. Jim Justice brought lawmakers back to Charleston for a special session that started not with a bang, but with confusion and a lot of standing around. As state Sen. Donna Boley, R-Pleasants, put it “(Thursday) was a complete waste.” Amid complaints[Read More…]

Budget for their future

From The Dominion Post: Little is known about the poem “The Merry Month of May,” other than it was first published in a play in 1599. Since then, that title has shown up in songs, a novel, commercials, editorials and so on. Yet, we often think of May as perhaps[Read More…]

Statehouse Beat: Questions and answers about the budget

By Phil Kabler The Charleston Gazette-Mail Now that we can officially declare a state budget impasse for a second year in a row, time for some FAQ about the budget crisis. (I don’t want to say I told you so, but the events of the special session, as of press-time,[Read More…]

Opinion: Business perspective is vital in weighing taxes

By Steve Roberts West Virginia Chamber of Commerce West Virginia’s business tax climate ranking was the third worst in the nation just a dozen years ago. Our state bore the dubious rank of 47th in the nation when ranked among the 50 states for business tax competitiveness. Our corporate net income[Read More…]

Opinion: Spending plan key component to W.Va. Special Legislative Session

From The Intelligencer of Wheeling: Low-tax advocates in the West Virginia House of Delegates are not unreasonable men and women. House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, signaled as much Thursday, when he told a reporter a new state budget that “barely increases taxes”might be acceptable. But the $300 million boost in[Read More…]

Opinion: Justice fiasco at special session

From The Journal of Martinsburg: To borrow from one of Gov. Jim Justice’s favorite types of analogy, when West Virginia legislators returned to Charleston at his call Thursday, they were handed a silver platter full of … nothing. Last week, Justice issued his call for a special session of the[Read More…]

West Virginia Legislature adjourns without budget bill

By JOSELYN KING For The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The next move for West Virginia lawmakers working to pass a 2018 budget is to go home for 10 days. A special session of the Legislature adjourned Friday after Senate members passed a revenue bill needed for the[Read More…]

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