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August-18-2015

Burdette: aspects of West Virginia workforce part of obstacle in business recruitment
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette says what the state needs most is more educated, trained workers.

Burdette appeared before the special legislative committee on tax reform Monday and told members taxes are down in West Virginia and the cost of doing business is a selling point as he tries to recruit new business...

August-18-2015

W.Va. not losing businesses over taxes, lawmakers told
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette-Mail
    
West Virginia Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette delivered a message Monday that many state lawmakers likely didn’t want to hear: Business taxes aren’t scaring away companies looking to expand operations in the Mountain State.

Legislators are eying possible cuts to taxes on businesses’ inventory, machinery and equipment, but Burdette said his office...

August-18-2015

State has 3rd highest default rate for federal student loans
By Ryan Quinn, Staff writer, Charleston Gazette-mail

Presidential contenders’ increasing talk of alleviating the massive U.S. college student debt burden has outsize implications for West Virginia – which has, according to the latest federal data, the country’s third-highest default rate on federal student loans.

Nearly 6,700, or 18.2 percent, of the Mountain State’s roughly 36,700 students who...

August-17-2015

Including first lady, 165 get more than $80K in WV state pensions
By Joel Ebert, Staff Writer and Samuel Speciale, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s first lady, newly retired from her longtime position as the president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, is now drawing more than $110,000 in annual retirement benefits, according to state pension data.

Joanne Tomblin, who retired in June after 15 years at the helm of the college...

August-17-2015

State PTA president urges parental involvement
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia PTA President Janelle Sperry urged parents to get involved in their children’s education this upcoming year.

“I think that one thing that, as a parent, we can do to help our children in school is just to become more educated ourselves on what’s impacting their education.” said Sperry.

When schools host activities, Sperry motivates parents to attend...

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