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Higher PEIA costs weigh on public employees

Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval, MetroNews

Officials with the West Virginia Public Employee Insurance Agency got an earful and more during a recent series of public hearings on planned changes.  Hundreds of plan members turned out to express their displeasure with the proposed $120 million in benefit cuts.

Their angst is understandable since employees on an individual plan will see a $500 increase in their...


Senate Finance Committee Chairman Hall discusses PEIA issues

By Matt Maccaro | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With the PEIA in a significant financial hole, the heat is on lawmakers to do something to fund the struggling insurance agency.

Putnam County Senator and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Hall says the PEIA is in real trouble.

“There’s no place you can go unless you add more cash, or reduce the benefits,” he said on MetroNews “...


Patterson Tenders Resignation
By Lauren Matthews - Staff Writer, Wetzel Chronicle

Wetzel County Board of Education Vice President Bob Patterson has tendered his resignation, effective today.

In the letter to Board President Mike Blair and Superintendent Leatha Williams, Patterson said he feels he can no longer be an effective member of the board.

"The turmoil in the school system during this time of change in leadership has resulted in animosity,...


Statehouse Beat: Shorter interims schedule leaves issues unaddressed
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

I think we can declare the Legislature’s experiment with a sharply truncated schedule of legislative interim meetings an abject failure.

Not only did the new leadership shorten interims from three days a month to one and a half days, but they took May, July and August off entirely. (At the moment, they’re also planning to take December interims off as well...


Decrease in WV’s public school enrollment speeds up
By Ryan Quinn, Education Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s public school student enrollment dropped nearly 2,760 students from last school year to this one, more than double the declines in the past two years, according to data released last week by the state Department of Education.

It’s the biggest one-year decrease in about 15 years, although the establishment of the state’s pre-kindergarten...