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June-11-2015

11 counties reverting to traditional high school math classes
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

Eleven West Virginia counties, including Kanawha and Putnam, have told state education officials they plan to revert next school year to the traditional high school math course structure that predated the national Common Core standards.

So far, 26 districts have indicated whether they will return to the previous structure of Algebra I, Geometry and Algebra...

June-10-2015

91 percent of state workers choose Healthy Tomorrows; won’t face additional deductible
By Jeff Jenkins

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A large majority of state workers won’t be charged an additional $500 deductible beginning July 1 because they’ve decided to take part in the Healthy Tomorrows initiative.

State Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) spokesperson Diane Holley-Brown said 91 percent or 71,945 active and non-Medicare retirees met the program’s first-...

June-10-2015

State prevailing wage laws still unclear
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

One day after legislative leaders denounced WorkForce West Virginia’s plan for recalculating the state’s prevailing wage rates, and voted down a motion to keep the current rates in effect to Sept. 30, the fate of state prevailing wages was unclear Tuesday.

While legislative leaders took steps Monday to halt WorkForce West Virginia’s proposed recalculation, the governor’s...

June-10-2015

Cities, counties worry tax changes will mean cuts
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Cities and counties are already struggling with low tax revenues, and mayors and county commissioners urged state legislators Tuesday not to make changes that could cut their already limited sources for those revenues.

“Most counties are struggling financially. It’s become very hard for us to fund anything but those things specially required in law,” Cabell County...

June-09-2015

Without recalculation, prevailing wage at risk
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Prevailing wage rates for state-funded construction projects are now set to expire July 1, after the legislative Joint Committee on Government and Finance rejected a motion Monday to extend the deadline for calculating new wage rates to Sept. 30 on a party-line vote.

Prior to the vote, Republican members of the committee strongly criticized methodology proposed...

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