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January-31-2017

West Virginia’s budget — from bad to worse
Hoppy Kercheval, Talkline host

Humorist Will Rogers said, “Last year we said, ‘things can’t go on like this,’ and they didn’t; they got worse.”

That sums up where West Virginia is now with its budget predicament.  Jim Justice talked a lot during the campaign about the state’s fiscal challenges and how he would bring a fresh approach to the problem.  He frequently reminded voters that it really wasn’t going to be...

January-30-2017

Justice chief of staff says proposed budget cuts may top $390 million
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Governor Jim Justice could propose state budget cuts of more than $390 million and possibly as much as $606 million to the West Virginia Legislature at the start of the 2017 Regular Legislative Session next week.

“Things are indeed worse than I ever thought they could be,” reported Nick Casey, Justice’s chief of staff, when asked about...

January-30-2017

Mon BOE talks charter schools
Conor Griffith, The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN — While meeting with state legislators, the Monongalia County Schools Board of Education delivered their concerns over the possibility of charter schools or a school voucher system in West Virginia.

Superintendent Frank Devono said if students are diverted to charter schools, then that means less funding for public ones since their state funding is determined by enrollment. This,...

January-30-2017

Three big ideas new Gov. Jim Justice has advanced in the past week
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — In comments and tidbits during appearances around West Virginia, new Gov. Jim Justice has offered insight about how his administration might proceed when the legislative session really gets going next week.

Justice’s inaugural address Jan. 16 offered the first opportunity in his new role as governor to lay out ideas about issues like the...

January-26-2017

Logan delegate switches from Democrat to independent
By Andrew Brown, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Delegate Rupie Phillips, one of the state’s most conservative Democratic lawmakers, is switching his party affiliation to Independent, arguing that the national Democratic party hasn’t done a good job of being “pro-coal, pro-gun, pro-life and pro-jobs.”

“It is clear to me that the citizens of my district want a true Independent voice in Charleston,” Phillips...

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