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May-27-2016

Senate appears ready to follow House lead on budget
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

The state Senate has recessed for the long holiday weekend with no budget in place. The Senate’s version of the proposed 2016-17 budget was on second reading Friday, but leaders chose to let it lie over for a day.

The move along with remarks from Senator Kent Leonhardt (R-Monongalia) seemed to indicate the Senate plans to allow the House of Delegates to take the lead on...

May-27-2016

BOE Votes To Buyout Contract of Superintendent
By Lauren Matthews, Wetzel Chronicle

At a special meeting of the Wetzel County Board of education, the board voted to buyout the contract of Superintendent Leatha Williams.

This decision was made after an executive session was held, that lasted a bit over an hour.

Williams' employment will last through June 30, and the buyout amount was approximately $143,000.

Board Member Carolyn Gatian was the...

May-27-2016

House budget up for passage today
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

The House of Delegates moved its budget forward to third reading Thursday.

A lengthy House floor session that began around 5 p.m. Thursday saw most amendments to its budget rejected, including a proposal from Del. Ron Walters (R-Kanawha) to strip funding out of various accounts in the budget bill, including eliminating funding for West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Fairmont...

May-27-2016

An exasperated WV Senate budget-writer speaks his mind
Dan Heyman, public News Service

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia lawmakers have boxed themselves into a budget crisis, and the head of a legislative budget-writing committee says it keeps him up nights worrying about it.

There are some signs of motion in the House going into the weekend, but Senate Finance Committee chairman Mike Hall, R-Putnam County, said the failure of a tobacco tax hike in the...

May-26-2016

Senate Finance chair says bigger Rainy Day dip could keep state government running in short-term
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

The budget deadline is closer than some West Virginia lawmakers may think, according to Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Hall (R-Putnam, 04).

Friday marks five weeks until the beginning of West Virginia’s 2017 fiscal year and, nine days into a Special Session, there were no indications state lawmakers were nearing a budget...

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