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December-08-2016

PEIA director says big cuts may happen every year
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-mail

A week after the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board approved about $50 million in benefits cuts for next year for those covered by the health insurance plan, PEIA Executive Director Ted Cheatham told legislators Tuesday that could become the norm.

“We’re going to need $50 [million] to $60 million a year, every year, of new funding,” Cheatham said of...

December-08-2016

Casey: Tax hikes should be part of WV’s budget talks
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-mail

West Virginia Gov.-elect Jim Justice’s newly announced chief of staff said that, after a slow start, the transition is in full gear.“I know the transition process is not fits and starts,” Nick Casey said Wednesday. “I can hear it humming.”

Casey, a longtime Charleston lawyer and lobbyist and former chairman of the state Democratic Party, said it is clear the key...

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...

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