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April-26-2016

Cole wants budget session sooner than later
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Leading lawmakers and members of the Tomblin administration met again Monday afternoon in the continuing efforts to reach an agreement on a new state budget.

The difficult job got even tougher last week when lawmakers were told to expect the current budget year’s revenue hole to grow by approximately $100 million.

State Senate President and Republican gubernatorial candidate...

April-25-2016

1 in 10 W.Va. kids growing up with incarcerated parent
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — An estimated 34,000 West Virginians are the children of incarcerated parents, putting them at risk for serious long-term effects of emotional and financial instability, according to a new Kids Count policy report released Monday.

“It’s really sad to think that one in 10 of our kids is growing up with a parent in jail or prison. It’s really hard to...

April-22-2016

Another $100 million may be needed for 2016 budget hole
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — It may take an additional $100 million, possibly more, to balance West Virginia’s current budget before the close of the 2016 Fiscal Year on June 30, though state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss is not confirming exact numbers at this point.

Previously, state lawmakers were told roughly $354 million in extra funding would be needed because of lower than...

April-21-2016

State budget battle becomes even more complicated
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The challenge of crafting the state budget for Fiscal Year 2017 continues behind closed doors in Charleston.  However, those inside the budget talks between the House, Senate, and Tomblin administration indicate there may be work to do on the current state budget as well.

The state Tax Department is expected to announce soon the state is falling farther...

April-19-2016

Justice holds education forum at Tamarack
By Pamela Pritt Register-Herald Reporter

Teachers and service personnel from around the region had the ear of Jim Justice Monday evening at a private event where the Democratic gubernatorial candidate listened to what it means to be in education in West Virginia.

And at one point, Justice was shaking his head in disbelief.

About 25 people sat around a table with Justice and told him about working second...

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