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March 15, 2016

Budget decisions delayed after lawmakers hit with new $92 million problem
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

West Virginia’s budget hole got $92 million deeper Tuesday leaving Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and members of the state legislature faced with what are anticipated to be painful decisions to make before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

Tomblin submitted updated revenue estimates to lawmakers that predict the “continued downturn in global energy markets”...

March 16, 2016

WV Legislature punts spending bill into spring
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer, WV Gazette-Mail

With no resolution to the budget impasse — and with new revenue estimates showing that West Virginia’s 2016-17 budget shortfall will be $92.4 million larger than projected in January — legislators called it quits Tuesday, pending a special session to be called later this spring.

“It’s not possible to complete this budget in any reasonable time frame,” Senate...

March 16, 2016

WV Legislature punts spending bill into spring
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer, WV Gazette-Mail

With no resolution to the budget impasse — and with new revenue estimates showing that West Virginia’s 2016-17 budget shortfall will be $92.4 million larger than projected in January — legislators called it quits Tuesday, pending a special session to be called later this spring.

“It’s not possible to complete this budget in any reasonable time frame,” Senate...

March 16, 2016

Unemployment rate climbs in West Virginia
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s unemployment rate increased to 6.5 percent in February, according to numbers released Tuesday by WorkForce West Virginia.

The rate went up two-tenths of a percentage point from January after the number of unemployed state residents increased by 1,300. Those residents still receiving unemployment compensation in the Mountain State is now at 50,...

March 16, 2016

Cole says tobacco tax hikes should be revisited as budget hole grows
By Shauna Johnson | WV MetroNews

“Everything needs to be on the table,” says Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 06), a Republican gubernatorial candidate, ahead of more work for state lawmakers — in a future Special Session — on West Virginia’s 2017 budget.

“I just caution people to never say never as we’re facing some pretty tough times here,” Cole said during an appearance on...

March 16, 2016

Tomblin vetoes ‘guns in parks’ bill in deference to county judgement
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have prohibited county park commissions from exercising authority to ban firearms on their grounds.

The decision was commended by the Kanawha County Commission, which was reluctant to allow guns in its parks, particularly Coonskin Park.

“I did personally contact the governor and let him know...

March 18, 2016

Girl hit by car while getting on school bus
MetroNews

A Logan County girl was injured Thursday morning when she was struck by a car as she tried get on her school bus.

The girl, 12, was attempting to board along state Route 10 in Logan County when a car came past the bus’ stop sign and struck her, state troopers said.

Robbie Marie Grove, 23, of Logan, told troopers she didn’t see the lights. She was charged with illegally passing a school bus....

March 18, 2016

SBA leader addresses parents in Fayette County in search for new facilities plan
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

Fayetteville, W.Va. — Approximately 150 to 200 residents of Fayette County heard a presentation from School Building Authority Executive Director David Sneed Thursday night.

Despite the at times acrimonious issues between the School Building Authority, Fayette County parents, and the State Board of Education during last year’s attempt to pass...

March 18, 2016

With session over, questions on balancing budget remain
By Matt Maccaro, MetroNews

With the extended budget legislative session over and the state facing $92 million more in revenue shortfall than expected, House Finance Committee Chair Eric Nelson said all solutions should be looked at.

State law requires a balanced budget by the start of the 2017 Fiscal Year on July 1. Nelson said raising taxes, cutting spending and taking money from the state’s Rainy...

March 21, 2016

Counties await new options in school calendar bill
By Alex Wiederspiel | WV MetroNews

County school systems have new options when it comes to the 180-day school calendar in a bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The governor received the bill (HB 4171) after the regular session ended March 12 and has until April 1 to decide if he’ll sign it.

Harrison County Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin said the provisions of the bill won’t...

March 21, 2016

March 21, 2016

For Immediate Release

WVEA-PAC endorses candidates who support public education for May Primary election

The West Virginia Education Association-Political Action Committee recommends the candidates listed below for the May 10 primary election.

“After two legislative sessions driven by ideology, corporate interests and an unwillingness to put the needs of the state first, we need to restore reason to the...

March 22, 2016

Martirano wants Tomblin to veto school calendar bill

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Opposition to the bill allowing for new ways to meet West Virginia’s school instructional requirement of 180 days is coming from Dr. Michael Martirano, state superintendent of schools.

“It should be vetoed the way it’s written currently,” Martirano said of the school calendar bill on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

“I think that, right now, with the state...

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