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November-21-2016

Carmichael secures vote to become next State Senate President
By MetroNews Staff

State Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael (R-Jackson) has secured the vote to become the next President of the West Virginia State Senate.

Senator Ed Gaunch (R-Kanawha), who was also in the running, conceded to Carmichael Saturday night.

A number of senators favored Gaunch as a candidate for the position because they were dissatisfied with the leadership of the...

November-21-2016

Senate Finance chair calls any tax hikes in New Year a “non-starter” with Legislature
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

A proposed budget that is not balanced with tax increases is what Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Hall (R-Putnam, 04) said members of the Legislature want to see from Governor-elect Jim Justice in the New Year.

Hall pointed to the results of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin’s proposed 2016 tax hikes, when only a tobacco tax hike was approved...

November-18-2016

Teachers, state employees rail against proposed PEIA benefit cuts
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Jon Dodds doesn’t like the West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency’s plan to cut state and school workers’ health insurance benefits by $25 million next year.

During the past week, Dodds, a network engineer at Fairmont State University, has crisscrossed the state, speaking against the proposed PEIA cuts. He has attended public hearings in...

November-18-2016

PEIA to consider public comments following series of hearings
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Board members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency will spend the next few weeks reviewing public comments before taking a vote on a plan involving proposed benefit reductions for state workers and retirees.

Those comments came from a series of pubic hearings held across West Virginia this month. The final meeting was Thursday night at...

November-17-2016

PEIA to hold last public hearing on changes at UC
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The University of Charleston will be the site for the last of four public hearings the state Public Employees Insurance Agency’s Finance Board has been hosting across the state in connection with proposed benefit reductions for state workers and retirees.

The final meeting in the series is Thursday at 6 p.m.

Hearings were held in Martinsburg,...

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