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March 8, 2016

Tomblin won’t hesitate to send lawmakers home without a final budget
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told MetroNews Monday if he doesn’t see progress by the middle of next week with a new state budget he’ll send lawmakers home and call them back for a special session before July 1.

The House of Delegates and state Senate are expected to pass their own budget proposals by the end of this week. They will both differ from the governor’s...

March 8, 2016

Finger-pointing starting on budget impasse
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval – Talkline host

Former Governor Arch Moore had some famous fights with the Legislature over the budget.  During one dispute, Moore appeared before the state Supreme Court to argue his case for cutting $2 million from the Legislature’s proposed budget.

According to John Morgan’s book West Virginia Governors, “His argument ranged from colonial times, when governors of...

March 9, 2016

Highways bill advocates asked to support PEIA option
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

House Finance Committee Chair Eric Nelson pulled a highway funding bill (SB555) from his committee’s agenda Tuesday morning saying there’s not support for it.

The bill would raise taxes and fees to generate more than $200 million a year to go toward repairs of the state’s roads and bridges.

Despite Nelson’s actions, one bill supporter believes there’s still time for...

March 9, 2016

Legislature changes school calendar
By MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The legislature has approved a bill that would prevent county school systems from continuing classes well into the summer to make up days missed due to bad weather. HB 4147 allows schools to extend the length of the school day and use the banked time to reach the equivalent of the required 180-days of instruction.

The bill also prevents the school year from beginning before August 10th...

March 10, 2016

No new taxes as budget tightens
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, Talkline

From the start of the session, much of the discussion by lawmakers and Governor Tomblin has been about increasing taxes and fees.

Tomblin proposed a tobacco tax increase and an elimination of the sales tax exemption (a de facto tax increase) on telephone services.  The Senate upped the ante by more than doubling Tomblin’s cigarette tax increase to $1 a pack, as well as raising...

March 10, 2016

State BOE takes a stand against pending Common Core bill
By Sarah Plummer, Register-Herald Reporter

The State Board of Education passed a resolution Wednesday in opposition to the Common Core Bill, which, according to the resolution, “disrupts the accountability system” in West Virginia Schools.

The resolution states, House Bill 4014, “reflects the worst of the legislative process” and asks the Legislature to reject the bill. If they will not, the...

March 10, 2016

School calendar bill gives counties flexibility, committee chair says
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

 Lawmakers in the Senate have amended a House bill that creates flexibility for county school districts' start and end date and eliminates the 180-day requirement for instructional days.

The Senate passed the bill 32-2 Wednesday.

HB 4171 now says that school systems are not allowed to begin before Aug. 10 and may not continue after June 10...

March 10, 2016

Kiss critical of lawmakers’ budget efforts
By Chris Lawrence | WV MetroNews

Republicans say one thing and do another according to state Tax and Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss.  Kiss, appearing on MetroNews Talkline Thursday, lashed out at the budget bills proposed by the GOP in the House and Senate.

“They are spending more money and they are spending it with one-time money,” Kiss said. “If the answer to this is cut, then let them do it.  They have the budget...

March 13, 2016

Statehouse Beat: Worst session in 27 years
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer

If I were to rank the 27 legislative sessions I've covered from best to worst, I would immediately be able to assign the just-ended 2016 session to 27th place.

I've seen many sessions that didn't accomplish much, but no other session compares in terms of the outright damage done to the state's image, its economic health and its immediate future.

Arguably, the biggest issues...

March 14, 2016

Opinions of Regular Legislation Session differ in Senate
By Aaron Payne | WV MetroNews

Opinions on the 2016 Regular Legislative Session and if it helped advance West Virginia vary depending on who you are speaking with.

After gaveling out at midnight on Day 60, Senate President Bill Cole (R – Mercer, 06), said he felt like it was full of needed change.

“We’ve done more to advance the cause of making West Virginia a state that is conducive to the...

March 14, 2016

Newest state BOE member Rotruck doing his ‘homework’ to catch up
By Matt Maccaro | WV MetroNews

Scott Rotruck, the newest member of the state Board of Education, says he’s working hard to get up to speed after he was sworn in last week.

Rotruck, who lives in Morgantown and grew up in Keyser, was appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to replace the void left by the resignation of Wade Linger.

“First and foremost I’m looking forward to learning a lot...

March 14, 2016

Voter ID bill with expanded options passes legislature on final day
By MetroNews Staff

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin indicated Saturday he’ll sign the Voter ID bill (HB 4013) that passed the legislature Saturday night.

The House of Delegates eventually agreed to most of the changes the Senate made to the bill providing for more acceptable forms of identification at polling places.

The additional forms include any local, county or state-issued government...

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