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January-07-2016

Tomblin to address $353 million shortfall next week
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With December marking another dismal month for tax collection, West Virginia Department of Revenue officials are now projecting the Mountain State will finish the 2015-16 budget year on June 30 with a funding deficit of $353 million — a shortfall of nearly 10 percent of the general revenue budget.

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Wednesday that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin...

January-06-2016

Testing commission eyes replacing Smarter Balanced with ACT
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Most members of the West Virginia Schools superintendent’s commission on testing want to move away from Smarter Balanced standardized exams, limit end-of-year testing in high school to only one grade and specifically explore using ACT tests as statewide assessments.

The recommendations came near the end of a nearly five-hour-long meeting that included...

January-05-2016

Mingo Del. Harry Keith White resigns
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

GILBERT, W.Va. — Another longtime member of the West Virginia House of Delegates has resigned just more than a week before the beginning of the 60-day legislative session.

Del. Harry Keith White (D-Mingo), an 11-term delegate, submitted a letter to the House clerk’s office Monday afternoon.

“I am tendering my resignation to the House of Delegates effective at midnight tonight...

January-05-2016

Rick Wilson: PEIA change threatens economic health of vital workers
For the Charleston Gazette-Mail

If you work for a living in West Virginia AND if you sometimes feel like there’s a target painted on your back these days, there’s at least a little good news: you’re probably not clinically paranoid.

Construction workers and apprentices have been targeted in efforts to repeal the state’s prevailing wage on public construction projects. Last year, some...

January-05-2016

Hall quits; Supreme Court likely to rule on replacement
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

After wavering last week, Sen. Daniel Hall, R-Wyoming, has followed through on his announcement that he would resign his West Virginia Senate seat to take a job as a state liaison with the National Rifle Association.

Hall submitted his letter of resignation, dated Sunday, to the Senate president, governor and secretary of state on Monday, likely setting up...

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