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Auditor: Fiscal year to begin with 'no ill effects' from late budget passage
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After months spent under the threat of a possible state government shutdown, the start of the 2018 Fiscal Year in West Virginia this coming Saturday will be a smooth one, according to state Auditor J.B. McCuskey.

No state government service or payroll disruptions are expected on July 1.

“By the good work of people in our...


SBA member criticizes development of alternate Nicholas County plan
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State School Building Authority member Tom Lange criticized SBA Executive Director Frank “Bucky” Blackwell and state School Superintendent Steve Paine Monday for a recent development involving the Nicholas County school system.

During Monday’s SBA meeting, Lange spoke out and said he didn’t like the way Blackwell and Paine worked together...


What the new state budget does and doesn't do
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice says a budget he’s allowing to become law without his signature is a travesty.

The budget passed last Friday night by the Legislature does make cuts to a wide variety of state programs.

It’s about $280 million less than what the governor proposed in his State of the State address and almost $125 million less than the budget the...


BREAKING: Gov. Jim Justice will allow the budget bill to become law, but he will not sign it.  


Proposed WV budget includes deep cuts to education, arts, tourism
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In addition to cuts to higher education, public education and Medicaid, other West Virginia cultural, educational and tourism programs would take it on the chin under the version of the 2017-18 budget bill passed by the Legislature Friday night, an analysis of the budget proposal shows.

Culture and History, Education and the Arts, the Library...