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May-13-2016

House Speaker says taxpayers cannot bear full budget burden
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

You’ll hear no apology from House Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha, 40) as state lawmakers head into a Special Session next week for budget work with the projected shortfall in the 2017 spending plan estimated at $270 million.

“Someone needs to be standing up for the taxpayers,” Armstead said on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” of the continued resistance from a number...

May-13-2016

Session call includes tax increases, authority to lay off workers
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

JULIAN, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s special session call for the state legislature includes three proposed tax increases, sweeping unused money in various accounts, dipping into the Rainy Day Fund and a bill allowing him to layoff state workers, if necessary.

The call was issued late Thursday with the special session set to begin Monday. Gov. Tomblin told...

May-10-2016

Tomblin calls special session on budget for next week
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

A special session to enact the 2016-17 West Virginia budget will begin next week, despite a lack of consensus in the Legislature on how to close a $270 million funding shortfall, the Governor’s Office announced Monday.

“The governor will call a special session to begin on May 16,” said Chris Stadelman, spokesman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. “The governor will introduce a...

May-09-2016

Special session on budget to begin May 16th
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will call state lawmakers into special session next Monday to work on a new state budget despite the absence of a widespread agreement.

With less than two months to go before the new budget year begins and still no new budget, the uncertainty is beginning to take its toll, Tomblin administration Communications Director Chris Stadelman said...

May-09-2016

Boone schools cutting back as year comes to end
By Ryan Quinn, Staff Writer

While Boone County’s school board has received attention in recent months for voting to close three elementary schools and cut 80 positions, these cost savings won’t take effect until next fiscal year, and the public school system must still make it through this fiscal year.

Boone is getting advanced funds from the state and putting off owed payments to companies for things like...

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