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June-10-2016

Miley: at least half of House Dems will support 65-cent tobacco increase if money goes to PEIA
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Miley says members of his caucus have made a “significant concession” in hopes of passing a new budget and avoiding a state government shutdown.

During an appearance Friday on MetroNews “Talkline,” Miley (D-Harrison) explained the 51 percent plan. He said he can deliver at least 19 votes from...

June-10-2016

Senate could move on revised budget Saturday
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia House of Delegates is not on board with what’s billed as a revised bipartisan budget agreement between Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Senate members, according to House Speaker Tim Armstead.

Tomblin announced the agreement Wednesday, along with his veto of the proposed 2017 budget the Legislature approved in a special session last week.

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June-10-2016

Boone superintendent: Schools still need $2.1 million from state
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

MADISON, W.Va. — Trying to figure out a balanced budget to avoid a government shutdown on July 1 isn’t the only issue lawmakers must deal with when they return to Charleston this weekend.

Boone County Superintendent John Hudson says his district still needs $2.1 million from the state to meet financial obligations for the 2016 fiscal year.

“It is my...

June-09-2016

State school board approves revised A-F policy
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Against opposition from teachers unions and school administrator groups, the West Virginia Board of Education on Wednesday approved a revised policy that will give entire schools A-F grades based largely on their students’ scores — and growth in scores — on the statewide Smarter Balanced standardized tests.

No nays were heard in the voice vote, for which Gayle...

June-09-2016

Tomblin vetoes budget bill, but announces agreement with Senate on plan 
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed the budget bill Wednesday passed last week by the state legislature and announced he’s reached a bipartisan agreement with the state Senate on what the new budget should look like just more than three weeks from a possible government shutdown.

Tomblin struck down the budget bill in its entirety. He opposed...

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