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March-09-2016

Highways bill advocates asked to support PEIA option
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

House Finance Committee Chair Eric Nelson pulled a highway funding bill (SB555) from his committee’s agenda Tuesday morning saying there’s not support for it.

The bill would raise taxes and fees to generate more than $200 million a year to go toward repairs of the state’s roads and bridges.

Despite Nelson’s actions, one bill supporter believes there’s still time for...

March-08-2016

Finger-pointing starting on budget impasse
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy Kercheval – Talkline host

Former Governor Arch Moore had some famous fights with the Legislature over the budget.  During one dispute, Moore appeared before the state Supreme Court to argue his case for cutting $2 million from the Legislature’s proposed budget.

According to John Morgan’s book West Virginia Governors, “His argument ranged from colonial times, when governors of...

March-08-2016

Tomblin won’t hesitate to send lawmakers home without a final budget
By Jeff Jenkins | WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told MetroNews Monday if he doesn’t see progress by the middle of next week with a new state budget he’ll send lawmakers home and call them back for a special session before July 1.

The House of Delegates and state Senate are expected to pass their own budget proposals by the end of this week. They will both differ from the governor’s...

March-07-2016

Tension growing under the Capitol dome
Hoppy's Commentary | Hoppy  Kercheval, WV MetroNews

By this time in the session, the West Virginia Legislature is like family; by that I mean everybody is mad at each other and they’re fighting about money.

That’s inevitable for several reasons.

First, the 100 members of the House of Delegates and 34 Senators have been occupying the same space here at the Capitol for seven weeks; meetings and floor speeches...

March-07-2016

PROMISE scholarship seeing more high school seniors apply this year
By Carrie Hodousek  | WV MetroNews

More high school seniors have applied for West Virginia’s PROMISE Scholarship this year compared to last year, according to the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

“As of March 1, we had 11,791 students that filled out the PROMISE application, which is a little increase from over the last year. We had around 11,400 sign up.” said Brian Weingart,...

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