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March-12-2014

By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter   

CHARLESTON — The state’s budget is still a work in progress Tuesday after a 60-day session fraught with issues other than the budget Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said in his State of the State address would be tight.

Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, is the man charged with the balancing act.

Prezioso, chair of the Senate Committee on Finance, said Tomblin’s initial budget cut state agencies by 7.5 percent that included a hiring freeze....

March-11-2014

By Jonathan Mattise
The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — West Virginia lawmakers are ironing out kinks in an election-year budget that avoids tax hikes and gives public workers raises.

But before statehouse leaders can tout the positives, they’ll begrudgingly look to dig into millions of dollars in savings.

A dreary budget picture looms over the 2014 midterm elections in the House of Delegates, where Democrats hold a slim six-seat edge over Republicans. In West...

March-10-2014

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The Senate and House came to an agreement in a conference committee to protect teacher planning periods in West Virginia.

The debate Saturday was centered on which types of meetings teachers should be required to attend.

The final bill states teachers cannot be required to use planning periods to attend parent-teacher conferences, individualized education program meetings or teacher evaluation conferences.

Teachers may...

March-10-2014

By Jeff Jenkins in News | March 09, 2014 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state legislature gave final approval Saturday night to an across-the-board $1,000 teacher pay raise. 

“Finally,” West Virginia Education Association President Dale Lee told MetroNews once the bill got the passing vote in the state Senate. The proposal had several ups and downs during the past 60 days. 

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin originally proposed a two percent raise for teachers and service personnel. The...

March-10-2014

Associated Press 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia concluded its 60-day legislative session Saturday. Here is a look at some highlights from the two months of lawmaking.

Chemical Spill Bill

Three days into the legislative session, Freedom Industries spilled chemicals into the water supply for 300,000 people. A water-use ban lasted up to 10 days, and the issue consumed lawmakers for the next two months.

By adding inspections at many above-ground storage tanks...

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