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February-04-2016

Prevailing wage repeal clears Senate, heads to Governor
By WV MetroNews

The state Senate passed along party lines Thursday a bill eliminating prevailing wage in West Virginia. The House approved HB 4005 earlier, so the legislation now goes to the Governor where a veto is expected.

The Senate’s 18-16 vote came after two...

February-04-2016

Falling: State revenue off $169 million in January
By Daniel Tyson, REGISTER-HERALD REPORTER

West Virginia witnessed a 53 percent drop in severance tax revenue in January when compared to the same period in 2015.

Additionally, a lack of growth in personal income tax and sales tax in January led to cumulative collections of $2.29 billion, nearly $169.5 million below estimate, according to tax figures released Wednesday.

The massive loss did not...

February-04-2016

Right-to-Work, Prevailing Wage Repeal up for votes in WV Legislature
By Rusty Marks, State Journal

Two key pieces of legislation pushed by West Virginia’s Republican majority are up for votes Thursday, Feb. 4, in the state Senate and House of Delegates.

Delegates will vote on the Workplace Freedom Act, a right-to-work bill passed by the Senate earlier in the legislative session, while the Senate will take up the House-sponsored measure that would...

February-04-2016

Tomblin: budget related bills should be priority of legislature
Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is concerned about the pace of the legislative session when it comes to his budget proposals, Tomblin told MetroNews Wednesday.

“I’m not sure we’re at gridlock but when you start to approach the halfway point of the session and we’re not really having any discussions on where we’re going and what the other proposals are I start to get a little...

February-03-2016

Right-to-work, removal of prevailing wage up for passage
By WV MetroNews

The Republican-led state Senate and House of Delegates are poised to pass bills Thursday that make West Virginia a right-to-work state and eliminate the state’s prevailing wage.

The bills have triggered the most intense debate so far this session, pitting Republicans against Democrats and the business community against the labor movement.

Legislation eliminating prevailing...

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