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June-02-2017

Education, training part of work participation problem
Editorial, The Herald-Dispatch, Huntington, WV

West Virginia is not the only state seeing a decline in work-force participation.

The percentage of men and women with a job has been gradually sliding across the country since the mid-1990s.

Unfortunately, the Mountain State just has ended up in the worst spot, with the lowest workforce participation rate in the country. Among all adults, only...

June-02-2017

Income Tax Repeal Still Concern for House Democrats
By Ashton Marra WV Public Broadcasting

Budget negotiations are continuing at the Capitol Thursday after a new revenue deal was presented to lawmakers earlier in the week. 

Gov. Jim Justice presented the new revenue bill to lawmakers Tuesday. The plan has been at the crux of budget negotiations between his office and members of both the House and Senate.

It includes a hike of the...

June-01-2017

Slight rise in sales tax, slower rollout of income tax plan in latest proposal
By Brad McElhinny, WV Metronews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The revenue proposal that’s gaining traction as a likely fix for the state budget offers a 6.35 percent sales tax and a slower rollout of personal income tax reductions.

The personal income tax reductions, which have been favored by Republicans in the Senate but eyed with skepticism by other lawmakers, would include an average...

June-01-2017

WV schools undergoes more changes as chief picks No. 2, official resigns
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia state Schools Superintendent Steve Paine has picked Clayton Burch, who served Paine’s predecessor as chief academic officer, to be the No. 2 official in the state Department of Education.

Paine also announced in a Wednesday news release that he has picked Lou Maynus, the Kanawha County public school system’s assistant superintendent...

June-01-2017

RESAs still might request money for next year despite dissolution order
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice’s education bill, which he signed into law last month, cut $3.7 million from West Virginia’s eight Regional Education Service Agencies and ordered their dismantlement — at least in name.

Although House Bill 2711 cut the agencies’ funding, it also said they could continue to exist until school boards of the counties within them...

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