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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...

February-03-2016

State BOE member Linger says “I’m out”
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Seven-year state Board of Education member Wade Linger resigned Tuesday in a stinging criticism of what he described as the “encroachment” of the state legislature into education issues.

Linger, of Fairmont, told MetroNews “Talkline” host Hoppy Kercheval Wednesday the state constitution set up the non-elected state Board of Education to be insulated from politics but that’s been...

February-02-2016

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Goodwin criticizes ‘divisive’ bills at session
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Former U.S. Attorney and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Booth Goodwin weighed in on some of the issues facing the Mountain State Monday.

Goodwin felt that so far, too many of the bills introduced at the 2016 Legislative Session have been too divisive.

“All the stuff that’s up there, except maybe the discussion about broadband which is...

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