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Armstead bill would jump-start flood protection planning
By March 11, 2017 Read More →

Armstead bill would jump-start flood protection planning

Ken Ward Jr. Environment Reporter CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A multi-agency group of state officials would be required to resume examination of West Virginia’s efforts to reduce flooding and protect communities against the damaging effects of floods, under legislation introduced Friday by House Speaker Tim Armstead. The bill appears to be the first move by lawmakers […]

Gov. Justice announces 131 new jobs in Northern Panhandle
By March 10, 2017 Read More →

Gov. Justice announces 131 new jobs in Northern Panhandle

Bidell Gas Compression to invest in first manufacturing operation in the U.S. WEIRTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice announced today that Bidell Gas Compression, a subsidiary of the Canadian company Total Energy Services Inc., will base its first U.S. manufacturing operation in Weirton. The company will repurpose a 100,000-square foot decommissioned machine shop to fabricate, sell, lease […]

Budget primary topic of legislative discussion at WVPA breakfast
By March 10, 2017 Read More →

Budget primary topic of legislative discussion at WVPA breakfast

By Lexi Browning For the West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Talks of budget and business innovation led conversation Thursday morning at the annual West Virginia Press Association Legislative Breakfast. Gov. Jim Justice, Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and Speaker of the House Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, each addressed the crowd of media, legislators and […]

Energy industry calls for West Virginia Legislature to update laws, regulations
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Energy industry calls for West Virginia Legislature to update laws, regulations

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — Some of the state’s outdated laws and regulations need to be updated to allow the natural gas industry to grow and prosper in the Mountain State, said two industry officials. Anne Blankenship of the West Virginia Oil and Natural Gas Association and Brett Loflin, […]

West Virginia lawmakers discuss ways to grow economy
By March 10, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia lawmakers discuss ways to grow economy

By BRETT DUNLAP The Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — The Republican leaders of both the state Senate and the House of Delegates said the way forward for West Virginia is building the state’s economy, not increasing taxes on its citizens. Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, and House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-40th, of Kanawha […]

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Scraps ad tax pitch
By March 10, 2017 Read More →

West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Scraps ad tax pitch

By JANET METZNER The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register CHARLESTON — Gov. Jim Justice confirmed Thursday he will no longer try to tax advertising, while business leaders from around West Virginia continue presenting their case for reforms they believe will help grow the economy. “You do have the voice of the people,” Justice said in Charleston, Thursday […]

Governor Jim Justice scolds West Virginia GOP leaders
By March 10, 2017 Read More →

Governor Jim Justice scolds West Virginia GOP leaders

By JANET METZNER The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — State funding cuts proposed by Republicans hurt actual people, Gov. Jim Justice said, scolding the state’s “basketful of Republicans” as taking “scalps.” “Those 14 scalps hurt people, guys,” he said, as part of the warfare metaphor he presented this morning to media, media group executives and legislators who […]

Gov. Justice urges Democrat, Republican lawmakers to get along
By March 10, 2017 Read More →

Gov. Justice urges Democrat, Republican lawmakers to get along

By JANET METZNER The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice wants Republicans and Democrats to be polite to each other as they work to come to an agreement during the last half of the Legislature’s regular 2017 session. “Hopefully, we can be ladies and gentlemen, respect one another and […]

Liberty Caucus introduces balanced budget to House
By March 10, 2017 Read More →

Liberty Caucus introduces balanced budget to House

By DANYEL VANREENEN The Journal CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A budget proposal scheduled to enter the House of Delegates on Wednesday proposed to reduce state spending by $84 million from the current fiscal year’s level. The proposal would cut $402 million from Gov. Jim Justice’s budget proposal. The budget was created by the leaders of the […]

Legislative leaders, Justice face off on budget WVPA event
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Legislative leaders, Justice face off on budget WVPA event

By LACIE PIERSON The Herald-Dispatch CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The leaders of the Republican-led chambers of the West Virginia Legislature and the state’s Democratic governor on Thursday encouraged legislators to be courageous in dealing with the Mountain State’s nearly $500 million budget shortfall for 2018. Where the three men differed was which actions defined courage, according to […]