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December-05-2014

By Phil Kabler 
The Charleston Gazette

State and public school employees and retirees in West Virginia will pay about $40 million more for health care next year, after the Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board approved a series of benefit cuts Thursday — primarily involving higher co-pays and deductibles.

After approving the cuts, effective July 1, 2015, board members voted to send a letter to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and all members of the Legislature urging them...

December-04-2014

By Shauna Johnson, WV Metronews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Roughly $40 million in benefit cuts have been made to the health insurance plan that covers West Virginia’s state workers.

During a Thursday meeting, members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s Finance Board approved the changes that will take effect on July 1, 2015.

“Nobody wants any cuts. Nobody wants any changes, but we do have a fiscal responsibility to the taxpayers and to the government of West Virginia to...

December-04-2014

By Ryan Quinn  
The Charleston Gazette  

Members of a state school board commission considered Wednesday altering the map of Regional Education Service Agencies, but got held up on something people have been asking for years — what are RESAs supposed to do?

The Commission on School District Governance and Administration eventually decided to recommend that the state school board, at its meeting this month, delay altering RESAs’ roles and stick with the current map of...

December-03-2014

By Sarah Tincher   
The State Journal   

West Virginia University will be furthering its STEM education thanks to a $1.45 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative, which will allow the school to establish a UTeach program, a unique teacher-training program for secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers.

The rigorous UTeach program attracts high-performing undergraduate students majoring in STEM fields to the teaching field and...

December-03-2014

By Shauna Johnson  
WV MetroNews  

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – November was a “very good month” for tax collections in West Virginia, according to state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss.

Overall, tax officials said collections were more than $30 million ahead of estimates for November or 11 percent better than projections. Compared with Nov. 2013, revenue collections were up by almost 15 percent.

“Obviously, we’ve still got seven months left, so we’ve got long ways to go,” Kiss...

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