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Justice’s budget includes $8M for WV Capitol dome repair
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Justice’s budget includes $8M for WV Capitol dome repair

By PHIL KABLER Charleston Gazette-Mail CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice’s 2017-18 West Virginia budget plan includes proposed tax increases and spending cuts, but few new appropriations. It’s notable, then, that the proposed budget includes an $8 million appropriation for repairs to the Capitol dome. “We’ve had a water leak, and it basically rains in […]

Bills would boost food incentives in the state
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Bills would boost food incentives in the state

By ANDREA LANNOM The Register-Herald CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The Senate Agriculture and Rural Development Committee Wednesday took up bills dealing with establishing a farm-to-food bank tax credit and setting up a process for vendors to sell home-based foods at farmers markets. The first, Senate Bill 25, would establish a farm-to-food bank tax credit for farmers […]

WV House of Delegates moves to increase protections for government whistleblowers
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WV House of Delegates moves to increase protections for government whistleblowers

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates voted unanimously Wednesday, Feb. 15 to increase the penalties for retaliating against a public employee who blows the whistle on government wrongdoing or waste. West Virginia has had a whistleblower law on the books since 1988, but House […]

Local lawmakers looking to focus on jobs during current session
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Local lawmakers looking to focus on jobs during current session

By VICTORIA L. CANN The Exponent Telegram CLARKSBURG, W.Va.  — With the state Legislature in session, local lawmakers are looking forward to tackling some issues over the next few months. Developing opportunities for new jobs is on the forefront of area lawmakers’ minds. House Minority Leader Tim Miley, D-Harrison, said he’s focusing his attention on […]

Justice appoints McVey insurance commissioner
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Justice appoints McVey insurance commissioner

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has appointed a longtime insurance executive as state insurance commissioner. Allan L. McVey will take over the position effective April 1, according to state Department of Revenue spokeswoman Lalena Price. “Allan McVey has 48 years of experience in the insurance industry,” Justice said. “He […]

W.Va. commerce secretary seeks $105 million for development, tourism
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W.Va. commerce secretary seeks $105 million for development, tourism

By RUSTY MARKS The State Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — While members of the Legislature are struggling to figure out how to plug an estimated $500 million hole in the upcoming state budget, state Commerce Secretary Woody Thrasher is trying to talk them into giving him $105 million. Thrasher told members of the House of Delegates […]

Bill seeks stiffer hit-and-run penalties in West Virginia
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Bill seeks stiffer hit-and-run penalties in West Virginia

By JANET METZNER The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING, W.Va. — When a hit-and-run driver knowingly left motorcyclist Kenny McCall bleeding and broken on a Newell sidewalk, his family — and state lawmakers — later would discover the only recourse against the uninsured motorist was prosecution for a misdemeanor offense. “At the time and presently, West Virginia […]

West Virginia Delegate Pat McGeehan seeks Common Core repeal
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West Virginia Delegate Pat McGeehan seeks Common Core repeal

By JOSEYLN KING The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register WHEELING — Delegate Pat McGeehan says West Virginia’s current method of educating its students is “confused and convoluted,” and taxpayers footing the bill should have more of a say in what is being taught in the state’s classrooms. McGeehan, R-Hancock, has reintroduced legislation to eliminate Common Core education standards in West […]

House passes whistle-blower bill
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House passes whistle-blower bill

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON — The House of Delegates passed its first bill of the session on Feb. 15. HB 2006 is a bipartisan bill to toughen protections in the state Whistle-Blower Law. The bill raises the maximum fine for an employer who breaks the law from $500 to $5,000. The person […]

Human trafficking bill heads to House
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Human trafficking bill heads to House

By DAVID BEARD The Dominion Post CHARLESTON — A bill to combat human trafficking in West Virginia began its third round through the Legislature on Feb. 15, receiving the unanimous approval of the House Judiciary Committee. The bill explains that trafficking involves recruiting, transporting and harboring, among other actions, a person for forced labor or […]