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May-25-2016

W.Va. House kills tobacco tax hike
By Lacie Pierson, The Herald-Dispatch

CHARLESTON ­- The West Virginia House of Delegates has voted against increasing the state’s tobacco tax.

With a vote of 44-55 the proposed increase died in the House Thursday afternoon after almost of debate.

Senate Bill 1005, the tobacco tax increase, was the only revenue measure proposed during the current special legislative session to gain traction among legislators.

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May-24-2016

House rejects tobacco tax hike bill, the only new revenues in budget proposals
By Shauna Johnson, MetroNews

The crafters of West Virginia’s budget for the new fiscal year that begins on July 1 have more work to do. On Tuesday, the House of Delegates rejected SB 1005, the tobacco tax bill, with a 44-55 vote following more than three hours of debate.

House Finance Committee Chair Eric Nelson (R-Kanawha, 35) called the bill a “primary revenue component” of...

May-24-2016

Budget blues
Hoppy's Commentary, Hoppy Kercheval host of Talkline

Today is day seven of the special legislative session on the budget and it’s not going well… not well at all.

The tobacco tax increase, which is a critical piece for patching the $270 million hole in next year’s budget, is at passage stage in the House of Delegates later today, but the odds are against it being approved.

The Republican leadership wants it to pass, but is...

May-24-2016

Budget going to Senate floor; House Finance advances its version to full floor Monday night
By MetroNews Staff

After months of talks, budget bills could be taken up on the floors of both state Senate and state House of Delegates as early as Tuesday.

Members of both the Senate Finance Committee and House Finance Committee met again Monday afternoon for budget work in their respective chambers at the State Capitol where a Special Session continued.

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May-22-2016

New Logan school board members upset over superintendent contract
By Ryan Quinn, WV Gazette-Mail

Logan County’s school board approved in February a four-year contract extension for its superintendent, Phyllis Doty, who currently makes $115,000 per year.

By the time the contract — which includes $2,500 annual raises and payment for the employee’s portion of Doty’s health insurance coverage — takes effect July 1, the five-member board will have four members...

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