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March-31-2016

PEIA board OKs $120M health plan cuts
The Associated Press

As a state budget standoff drags on, West Virginia is again teeing up larger cuts to health plans that would hike premiums and copays for about 230,000 state employees, teachers and retirees.

West Virginia's Public Employee Insurance Agency Finance Board on Wednesday approved $120 million in cuts from health plans. The board also passed a backup plan, should more money come its way in the state...

March-31-2016

Tomblin says school calendar bill appears to take state “backwards”
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says a bill that would change the public school calendar process “kind of takes us back a little bit.”

Tomblin will make a decision on the measure (HB 4171) by the end of the day Friday. April 1 is the deadline for the governor to sign or veto bills passed in the final hours of the 60-day legislative session.

The bill allows for...

March-30-2016

PEIA board tries to bring ‘certainty’ to budget impasse
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

The state PEIA Finance Board voted Wednesday afternoon to re-approve $120 million in benefit reductions for next fiscal year for the state workers’ health insurance plan.

The board also approved a plan that would soften the changes by using $43.5 million in new cash proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. The status of that proposal remains up in the air as the impasse...

March-29-2016

Two important education bills still sitting on Gov. Tomblin’s desk
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has about two days to make two big decisions on whether to sign a pair of bills that will affect education in West Virginia.

One bill would alter teaching standards now referred to as College and Career Readiness Standards, while the other would allow the use of banked time to count toward making up days lost due to inclement weather and...

March-29-2016

Kanawha supervisor: Bus passing law will hold people accountable
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Vehicle owners will now be held responsible for illegally passing a stopped school bus in West Virginia.

“We have videos on our buses on the side that get the people running the lights that we can identify the license plate number,” said Jimmy Lacy, supervisor of transportation at Kanawha County Schools.

Lacy said on Monday’s...

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