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January-11-2016

Ethics complaint against state BOE president Green dismissed
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A West Virginia Ethics Commission panel has dismissed the ethics complaint a state Board of Education member filed last month against the board’s president alleging violations of open meetings laws and other accusations.

Mike Green, president of the state school board, said he got a notice a few days ago that the Probable Cause Review Board found no...

January-08-2016

With big deficit looming, Manchin unsure if tax cuts were right move
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

With West Virginia facing a $353 million budget shortfall, and with the benefit of hindsight, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he’s not sure if the business tax cuts he pushed through as governor were a good idea or not.

“I don’t know if you say they’re the right or wrong move, but you’ve got to be competitive,” Manchin said Thursday. “I couldn...

January-07-2016

Tomblin predicts tobacco tax increase will be “on the table” for discussion with legislature
By Jeff Jenkins | MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stopped short of saying he’ll propose an increase in the state’s tobacco tax during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” Thursday. Tomblin did say the proposal is on the table.

“Because of the budget conditions I think those discussions will be discussed a lot more than what they have been in the last four or five...

January-07-2016

Governor predicts tobacco tax will be 'on the table'
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin stopped short of saying he’ll propose an increase in the state’s tobacco tax during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline” Thursday. Tomblin did say the proposal is on the table.

“Because of the budget conditions I think those discussions will be discussed a lot more than what they have been in the last four or five years,” Tomblin...

January-07-2016

Tomblin to address $353 million shortfall next week
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With December marking another dismal month for tax collection, West Virginia Department of Revenue officials are now projecting the Mountain State will finish the 2015-16 budget year on June 30 with a funding deficit of $353 million — a shortfall of nearly 10 percent of the general revenue budget.

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Wednesday that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin...

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