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October-07-2015

Revenue shortfall presents major challenge for W.Va. leaders
By Jeremiah Shelor, Staff Writer, The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — With Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announcing across-the-board midyear budget cuts for state agencies Monday, addressing the state’s revenue shortfall is shaping up to be a major theme in the 2016 legislative session.

On Monday, the governor’s office announced a 4 percent budget reduction for most state agencies and a 1 percent cut to...

October-06-2015

Public education not spared from latest round of budget cuts
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A one percent cut in the state School Aid Formula will result in a total of more than $16 million in funding reductions in county school systems.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order Monday ordering budget cuts because of a significant decrease in state revenues mainly caused by decreased coal production and the record low prices for...

October-06-2015

Tomblin announces 4 percent budget cut for state agencies
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Monday announced an across-the-board 4 percent cut for most state government agencies, a move he said is necessary due to “unexpected and unprecedented” drops in the state’s severance tax collections.

State aid to public schools, which has been spared in recent years of budget cuts, will see a 1 percent cut this year, Tomblin...

October-06-2015

Fayette commissioners to sue over denied school consolidation plan
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Fayette County commissioners say they’ll sue the state School Building Authority over its Sept. 28 decision to deny a request that would have consolidated several of the beleaguered county’s schools.

In a special meeting on Monday, commissioners unanimously agreed to partner with Mountain State Justice, a nonprofit Charleston-based law firm....

October-05-2015

W.Va. Supreme Court considers immunity in Marple's suit
By Pam Ramsey, The Associated Press

CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Supreme Court is considering whether the state Board of Education can be sued by a former state schools superintendent over its decision to fire her.

The board has asked the court to overturn a circuit judge’s denial of its request to dismiss Jorea Marple’s lawsuit. The Supreme Court will hear arguments on the appeal on Tuesday.

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