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June-05-2015

W.Va. tax collection shortage worse than it appears
By Phil Kabler, Staff writer

Weak tax collections in May were actually worse than they appear, state Department of Revenue officials said Thursday.May tax collections of $280.7 million fell nearly $4.8 million, or 2 percent, below estimates.

However, as Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow explained, those figures were propped up by the transfer of $15.6 million from the state’s Income Tax Reserve Fund...

June-05-2015

When It Comes to Education, W.Va. and Ky. Have Plenty to Talk About
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On Wednesday, members of the West Virginia Board of Education traveled to Frankfort, Kentucky, to meet with their education counterparts and watch as the Kentucky BOE conducted their monthly meeting. Thursday West Virginia Board President Gayle Manchin said the two states have plenty in common.

It starts with standards. Kentucky and West Virginia are just two of forty four states...

June-04-2015

State officials: Delegate’s Common Core lawsuit should be thrown out
By Eric Eyre, Staff writer

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and schools Superintendent Michael Martirano want a judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Berkeley County Delegate Michael Folk, who’s seeking the repeal Common Core educational standards being taught in public schools.

In court filings, Tomblin’s attorney said Folk, a Republican, is trying to...

June-03-2015

Most Kanawha students tested despite opt out movement
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Despite reports of students refusing to take Common Core-related standardized tests in other states and other West Virginia counties, the Mountain State’s largest school district hasn’t seen many students do so.

Jon Duffy, Kanawha County Schools’ director of counseling and testing, said that as of Tuesday about 60 percent of the district’s...

June-02-2015

Senate president Cole officially enters race for governor
By Joel Ebert, Charleston Daily Mail

State Senate president Bill Cole officially entered West Virginia’s 2016 gubernatorial race on Tuesday.

Cole announced his decision on MetroNews prior to holding a press conference inside his Bluefield Nissan dealership.

“I think we’re at a unique time in our state’s history — a tipping point in which we’ll either return to the back of the pack or advance...

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