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June-15-2016

14 percent of WV students ‘chronically absent’
Ryan Quinn , Staff Writer

About 14 percent of West Virginia’s public school students — 40,000 out of 283,800 pupils in kindergarten through 12th grade — missed at least 15 days of school in the 2013-14 school year, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal data released last week.

Data was reported for all West Virginia counties except Tucker, where school officials said employee turnover was to...

June-15-2016

Special session over; lawmakers leave Charleston
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

State lawmakers ended their special session on the state budget Tuesday evening after passing several bills including a new funding source to stabilize the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

The bill (HB123) gives authority to the state revenue secretary during the next four budget years to sweep revenue accounts to come up with $15 million for PEIA. Most of the money will be...

June-15-2016

WV lawmakers end special session with budget, PEIA bills
Phil Kabler , Staff Writer

Closing out a 17-day special session, West Virginia legislators put the final touches on a $4.187 billion 2016-17 state budget on Tuesday — including amending it to include a new reserve fund to lessen the impact of pending premium increases for retirees and public employees covered by the Public Employees Insurance Agency.

House Democrats, in particular, raised concerns...

June-12-2016

Tomblin offers PEIA funding incentive to gain House votes on tobacco tax
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin sweetened the pot Sunday in an effort to persuade House Democrats on a 65-cent tobacco increase as part of his budget plan.

Tomblin promised that proceeds from the cigarette tax—a key part of his revamped budget— would help fund the state’s Public Employee Insurance Agency.

“One would provide $15 million in additional general...

June-10-2016

Miley: at least half of House Dems will support 65-cent tobacco increase if money goes to PEIA
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

House of Delegates Minority Leader Tim Miley says members of his caucus have made a “significant concession” in hopes of passing a new budget and avoiding a state government shutdown.

During an appearance Friday on MetroNews “Talkline,” Miley (D-Harrison) explained the 51 percent plan. He said he can deliver at least 19 votes from...

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