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March-24-2016

Commentary: PEIA predicament brings pressure on lawmakers, governor

By Hoppy Kercheval
WV MetroNews

One of the critical pressure points in the ongoing discussions between the Tomblin administration and legislative leaders over a budget for next fiscal year is funding for the Public Employees Insurance Agency. PEIA is the state’s health insurance program for 220,000 public employees and retirees.

Last year, the PEIA finance board proposed a series of controversial...

March-23-2016

PEIA Finance Board could revisit cuts after budget collapse

By Hoppy Kercheval
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The state Public Employees Insurance Agency finance board has called a special meeting for next week where the board may again impose a series of controversial benefit reductions for school teachers and state workers and premium increases for retirees.

The finance board approved $120 million in cuts last year, but rescinded them in January after Governor...

March-22-2016

Martirano wants Tomblin to veto school calendar bill

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Opposition to the bill allowing for new ways to meet West Virginia’s school instructional requirement of 180 days is coming from Dr. Michael Martirano, state superintendent of schools.

“It should be vetoed the way it’s written currently,” Martirano said of the school calendar bill on Tuesday’s MetroNews “Talkline.”

“I think that, right now, with the state...

March-21-2016

March 21, 2016

For Immediate Release

WVEA-PAC endorses candidates who support public education for May Primary election

The West Virginia Education Association-Political Action Committee recommends the candidates listed below for the May 10 primary election.

“After two legislative sessions driven by ideology, corporate interests and an unwillingness to put the needs of the state first, we need to restore reason to the...

March-21-2016

Counties await new options in school calendar bill
By Alex Wiederspiel | WV MetroNews

County school systems have new options when it comes to the 180-day school calendar in a bill awaiting the signature of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The governor received the bill (HB 4171) after the regular session ended March 12 and has until April 1 to decide if he’ll sign it.

Harrison County Superintendent Dr. Mark Manchin said the provisions of the bill won’t...

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