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May-06-2015

Strong April tax collections should mean balanced budget for WV
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Strong tax collections in April should put the state in line to finish the 2014-15 budget year with a balanced budget, Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Tuesday.

“I think we’re on target to come in with a balanced budget without having to do anything drastic,” Kiss said during a monthly media conference on state revenue figures.

With two months...

May-06-2015

Summit focuses on workforce training
By Caitlin Cook, The Charleston Gazette

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and other leaders spoke about the importance of workforce training and retraining programs and partnerships between education and industry at the governor’s first Workforce Summit Tuesday afternoon at BridgeValley Community and Technical College in South Charleston.

Moving forward, the state will continue to develop collaborative efforts between business and...

May-05-2015

Tax reform panel urged to move with caution
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Administration officials Monday urged a legislative Select Committee on Tax Reform to act cautiously and deliberatively in revamping a tax system they said is competitive with surrounding states and national averages.

“Do not divorce the budget from your deliberations on tax policy,” state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss told the 16-member legislative interim...

May-04-2015

Editorial: Another tax shift?      
Charleston Gazette

New legislative leaders are studying a major realignment of state taxes, through the Joint Senate Select Committee on Tax Reform. A recent meeting offered a glimpse of what lawmakers have in mind, such as further tax cuts and even eliminating the personal income tax.

In coming months, GOP leaders presumably will clarify whether they want their 2015 reform to be “revenue-neutral” — producing the same...

May-04-2015

Standards are important — especially in education
Editorial - Exponent Telegram

As primary and secondary schools across the region head into the final month of classes, significant discussion and debate surround the practice of standardized testing.
 
For part of the next few weeks, students will take Smarter Balance tests, which help to gauge how each individual student and the school system are performing.

In parts of the country, including...

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