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Special session on budget to begin May 16th
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will call state lawmakers into special session next Monday to work on a new state budget despite the absence of a widespread agreement.

With less than two months to go before the new budget year begins and still no new budget, the uncertainty is beginning to take its toll, Tomblin administration Communications Director Chris Stadelman said...


Boone schools cutting back as year comes to end
By Ryan Quinn, Staff Writer

While Boone County’s school board has received attention in recent months for voting to close three elementary schools and cut 80 positions, these cost savings won’t take effect until next fiscal year, and the public school system must still make it through this fiscal year.

Boone is getting advanced funds from the state and putting off owed payments to companies for things like...


Martirano: Smarter Balanced testing off to positive start in year two
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Smarter Balanced Assessment testing is underway in West Virginia, and running smoother than last year according to state Superintendent of Schools Dr. Michael Martirano.

The test, which is conducted online, ran into some issues on its maiden voyage in West Virginia last spring, taking longer due to connectivity issues and lab space. Martirano said this year...


Labor plans to challenge ‘Right to Work’ law
By MetroNews Staff

The West Virginia AFL-CIO and other union groups have notified the state they plan to file a lawsuit in 30 days over the state law that makes West Virginia a “Right to Work” state.

“While we believe we have strong grounds for a constitutional challenge of the law, based in part on the recent circuit court decision on the Right to Work law in Wisconsin, we also have found several significant...


State revenue numbers continue freefall
By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

As lawmakers await the call for a special session to deal with a shortfall in the 2017 budget, this year's state revenues continue to free fall, with a gaping budget hole of $218.7 million. 

Revenue numbers were $72.2 million below estimates in April.

While energy sector severance taxes continue to plummet, it was April's personal income tax line item that revealed...