Senate passes amended tax reform bill

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — After the governor addressed the full Senate, encouraging passage of the revenue bill, and a debate on whether income tax should only be eliminated on Social Security, the body passed the Tax Reform Act. Senate Bill 1007, which passed in a 19-11[Read More…]

Opinion: Natural Gas —  A Solution for W.Va.

By Phil Reale Attorney Charleston, W.Va. As a lawyer and lobbyist for IOGA of WV I read with interest the text of a recent article on the WV Metronews website discussing the state’s revenue and budget posture.  As a past president of IOGA of WV years ago when my career was[Read More…]

WV budget talks resume in special session

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a 10-day break, West Virginia legislators resumed a special session on the budget Monday, with the Justice administration and Senate leadership tweaking a revenue plan in hopes of gaining support in the House of Delegates — which twice soundly rejected earlier[Read More…]

Justice chief of staff warns of possible state shutdown

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — “Out of an abundance of caution” Gov. Jim Justice’s Chief of Staff Nick Casey on Monday instructed West Virginia’s cabinet secretaries to start developing contingency plans for a potential shutdown in state government. The memo came during the third day of a[Read More…]

Special legislative budget session continues today

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After a 10-day recess, the special session on the 2017-18 state budget resumes Monday, in much the same posture as when legislators left the Capitol on May 5: With the Senate and Justice administration in general agreement on a revenue plan, but[Read More…]

West Virginia higher education policy under scrutiny

By MICHAEL ERB The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers could consider a plan next year that would change the funding method for the state’s colleges and universities. Delegate Paul Espinosa, R-Jefferson, and Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, are in agreement that the current system —[Read More…]

Senate to allow firearm for Sergeant-at-Arms

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leaders in the West Virginia Senate have decided to post an armed guard in the chamber during sessions. Andrew Palmer, one of several sergeants-at-arms employed by the Senate, has been authorized to carry a gun while the Senate is conducting business.[Read More…]

Opinion: Gov. Justice talks about resuming Special Session

By Gov. Jim Justice   The special session will resume today, Monday, May 15. The goal remains the same: pass a budget that will put West Virginia on a pathway to prosperity.   But what we have to understand is there is something that is being terribly forgotten here. The[Read More…]

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