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May-17-2016

Day 1 of special session: lawmakers try to get arms around budget problems
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

The first day of the special legislative session on state budget issues Monday produced some big numbers and a lot of questions.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called the 134 members of the House of Delegates and state Senate to Charleston to deal with a $111 million revenue shortfall in the current state budget and to pass a budget for next fiscal year that...

May-16-2016

Teens charged in Clay County school threat
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State police have charged two Clay County teenagers in connection with what’s been called the Columbine-like threat at Clay County Middle School.

The boys, 13 and 15, face charges through juvenile petitions of making terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder.

Schools were canceled in Clay County for three days earlier this month because...

May-16-2016

Governor Tomblin: “Let’s sit down and get this budget hammered out”
By Shauna Johnson, MetroNews

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says he’s giving state lawmakers several options when it comes to possible ways to fill a projected $270 million shortfall in West Virginia’s budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

A Special Session for budget work was opening at 12 p.m. Monday with no consensus among the Mountain State’s leaders on how to balance the 2017...

May-16-2016

Special session begins Monday; Cole calls Tomblin’s tax proposals to balance budget a ‘non-starter’
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Add Sen. President and GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole to the list of Republicans in the legislature who aren’t pleased with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan to balance the state budget.

Tomblin has proposed three separate tax increases — tobacco, telecommunications and sales taxes heading into Monday’s...

May-13-2016

House Speaker says taxpayers cannot bear full budget burden
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

You’ll hear no apology from House Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha, 40) as state lawmakers head into a Special Session next week for budget work with the projected shortfall in the 2017 spending plan estimated at $270 million.

“Someone needs to be standing up for the taxpayers,” Armstead said on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” of the continued resistance from a number...

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