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January-27-2016

W.Va. House to vote on repeal of prevailing wage
The Associated Press

The Republican-led West Virginia House of Delegates is set to vote on repealing the state's prevailing wage for public construction projects.

House lawmakers are likely to cast that vote Wednesday.

On Thursday, House Democrats offered an amendment that would have only repealed the wage for five years and studied its impact before a full repeal. Republican House Speaker Tim...

January-27-2016

Bill allowing public charter schools expected to be debated again
By Matt Maccaro | WV MetroNews

One of the most controversial bills from last year’s legislative session is expected to be back on the table this week.

The House of Delegates Education Committee is expected to take up a bill allowing for public charter schools in West Virginia.

Currently 43 other states and the District of Columbia have public charter schools. Delegate Paul Espinosa (...

January-26-2016

Right to work
Give workforce a helping hand before enacting legislation that divides us
Register- Herald editorial

Right to work legislation is racing through the statehouse toward Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s desk with more than its fair share of deliberate speed. In fact, we’re not sure there’s been much deliberation at all.

Why are the Republicans in such a hurry to get this particular piece of legislation passed?

The bill, called “...

January-26-2016

Jorea Marple: WV has one long-term economic solution – education
By Jorea Marple

What leaders like most to do is whip up a smoke screen or diversion that negates their responsibility of dealing with the real causes that need to be addressed in public education in West Virginia.

A great recent example is the hullabaloo around the Next Generation Standards (Common Core aligned) in West Virginia.

The question is should we be spending unnecessary money...

January-26-2016

Denise Giardina: Daily Mail oblivious to irony, value of unions

The January 18 edition of the Daily Mail’s editorial page featured not one, but two editorials supporting so-called “right-to-work” legislation. It is clear the editors know nothing of the contributions of unions to the well-being of this nation and its people, nothing about the way unions function, and nothing about the long roller coaster of gains and losses for working (and middle-class) people in this...

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