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Report finds property values unaffected by presence of pipelines

WASHINGTON, D.C. —The presence of an underground natural gas transmission pipeline does not affect the sales prices or value of residential properties, according to a new study, Pipeline Impact to Property Value and Property Insurability, conducted by Integra Realty Resources on behalf of The INGAA Foundation Inc.  “We undertook an independent study[Read More…]

Media Advisory: Tamarack Foundation press conference at Capitol Friday 10 a.m.

  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Tamarack Foundation will hold a press conference to introduce a new vision to build West Virginia’s creative economy: ·      Providing incentive to attract creative enterprise to West Virginia ·      Connecting consumers across markets to West Virginia-owned creative businesses ·      Ensuring artist entrepreneurs have the skills to succeed Guest[Read More…]

Senate passes farm-to-food bank tax credit

Release from the WV Senate:  CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Senate today passed Senate Bill 399, which would create a tax credit for farmers who choose to donate their products to one of the state’s food banks. The bill, which originated in the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development,[Read More…]

Gov. Tomblin signs SB 419, pays off WV workers comp debt

Legislation pays off old workers’ compensation debt more than a decade ahead of schedule CHARLESTON, W.Va.  – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today signed Senate Bill 419, terminating taxes imposed under Workers’ Compensation Debt Reduction: “I appreciate the work of the Legislature to come together and pass this critical legislation to[Read More…]

Apprenticeships offer workers, employers new opportunities

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An apprenticeship program developed in West Virginia is expanding to offer new opportunities to more workers and employers in the Mountain State and beyond.         Employees who participate in the Apprenticeship Works program continue at their regular job and earn a paycheck. They also receive hands-on training with equipment and take classes. They earn certifications[Read More…]

WV horse racing industry to hold Tuesday news conference at Capitol

Charles Town, W.Va. – West Virginia’s thoroughbred racing industry and their legislative representatives will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, in the Lew McManus Conference Room (RM 252), on the House side of the State Capitol (main floor) in Charleston to showcase the impact the horse[Read More…]

West Virginia Press Association calls for opposition to House Bill 2704

WVPA LEGISLATIVE ALERT:  CHARLESTON, W.Va. — House Bill 2704 — now before the West Virginia House of Delegates — represents a series of new taxes with a “pyramiding effect” that will stop potential business and industry growth, kill existing small businesses and force remaining businesses out of the state.   Monday, West Virginia’s[Read More…]

Sales tax bill would place taxes on more services

By TAYLOR STUCKThe Herald-Dispatach CHARLESTON – West Virginia consumers would have to begin paying state sales tax on more services they purchase, under legislation amended and approved Saturday by the state House Finance Committee. Currently, consumers must pay sales tax on most goods they buy, but the state sales tax[Read More…]

This week in the House of Delegates: Feb. 22-27

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Facing a key legislative deadline this coming Wednesday, the House of Delegates worked long hours this week to pass 88 bills, boosting the total number of bills passed by the chamber so far this year to 166. Significant bills included legislation to repeal the use of Common[Read More…]

At the Capitol: Work week extends to Sunday

By Phil Kabler For West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the 2016 regular session of the Legislature winding down to its final two weeks, legislators worked through the weekend – creating some consternation. Sen. John Unger, D-Berkeley, an ordained minister who pastors three churches in Jefferson County in[Read More…]

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