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May-24-2016

Budget going to Senate floor; House Finance advances its version to full floor Monday night
By MetroNews Staff

After months of talks, budget bills could be taken up on the floors of both state Senate and state House of Delegates as early as Tuesday.

Members of both the Senate Finance Committee and House Finance Committee met again Monday afternoon for budget work in their respective chambers at the State Capitol where a Special Session continued.

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May-22-2016

New Logan school board members upset over superintendent contract
By Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette-Mail

Logan County’s school board approved in February a four-year contract extension for its superintendent, Phyllis Doty, who currently makes $115,000 per year.

By the time the contract — which includes $2,500 annual raises and payment for the employee’s portion of Doty’s health insurance coverage — takes effect July 1, the five-member board will have four members...

May-20-2016

Nelson: House getting closer to budget plan
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

House of Delegates Finance Committee Chair Eric Nelson said Friday he anticipates having a budget plan ready for House members to consider sometime Monday.

“The intent of the chair right now is that Monday we’d start having the budget talks so we can put the pieces together and move forward for the citizens of West Virginia of balancing this 2017 budget,” Nelson (R-Kanawha) said....

May-20-2016

School year nearing end in parts of West Virginia
By Shauna Johnson, MetroNews

The 2015-2016 school year will be coming to a close before Memorial Day in some of West Virginia’s public schools.

By June 10, students in all 55 county systems will be on summer vacation, according to updated school calendar information from the state Department of Education.

Despite missing nine instructional days, schools in Tucker County will be the first in West...

May-20-2016

Analysts Critical of Likely Legislative Approach to WV Budget
Dan Heyman, Public News Service

Even with a 45-cent cigarette tax increase, budget analysts say state lawmakers look likely to lean too heavily on cuts and one-time money. Bowing to an anti-tax faction in the House, state senators have been working on a tobacco tax boost smaller than they passed in March.

Observers say the tobacco tax may be the only new revenue approved by the special budget...

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