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December-08-2016

Lawmakers told without action 2018 budget deficit “north of $400 million”
By Jeff Jenkins, MetroNews

State Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss told state lawmakers Tuesday that if there are no further state budget cuts or tax increases the 2018 fiscal year budget will have a deficit “north of $400 million.”

Kiss appeared somewhat reluctant in putting that big number before lawmakers given he doesn’t have the revenue estimates for next fiscal year but he gave the...

December-06-2016

University High students protest against administrator
By Sunshine Wiles, WV MetroNews

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A student protest at University High School Monday morning targeting Principal Shari Burgess prompted crowd control before the start of classes.

“It certainly is unfortunate that students have used this venue when they could’ve easily met with Dr. Burgess or the administrators out there if they needed to. But, the First Amendment right protects...

December-06-2016

W.Va. legislators hear about possible school voucher legislation
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia lawmakers heard Monday about possible legislation that would benefit families of homeschool and private school students, including “Education Savings Accounts” that could give families public money to pay tuition to private schools, including religious schools, and other education costs.

The discussion at Monday’s Joint Standing...

December-02-2016

PEIA board approves more than $50 million in cuts
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board members approved more than $50 million in 2017-18 plan benefits cuts for state and public school employees, many non-state public employees, and retirees on Thursday.

That includes about $28 million in benefit cuts for state and public school employees, primarily through higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums...

December-02-2016

PEIA proposal includes 90-day fills for maintenance drugs
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State and public school workers will now be required to get 90-day fills for prescriptions they take for high blood pressure and other chronic conditions in a plan passed by the state Public Insurance Agency Finance Board Thursday.

The prescription change is part of next fiscal year’s health insurance plan. It’s expected to save about $11 million a...

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