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Justice urges PEIA task force to 'shake up the world'
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Kicking off the first meeting of the Task Force on PEIA Stability, Gov. Jim Justice urged the 29-member panel to “shake up the world” and find lasting solutions to control rising costs for the health plan for more than 200,000 West Virginians.

“I’m wanting you to find a solution, and not wanting it to take forever,” Justice said Tuesday in brief introductory...


Five big issues for the PEIA Task Force
By Brad McElhinny | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — When the new PEIA Task Force gets under way, it has its work cut out for it.

The 29 members of the newly-created task force will be together at the crossroads of healthcare, insurance and economics.

And eventually they’ll have what could be the biggest challenge of all — agreeing with each other.

It all starts Tuesday with a tipoff...


Justice is weighing his decision on Education and the Arts
By Brad McElhinny | WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice has a big decision about whether to dismantle one of his own agencies.

The Legislature on Saturday passed a bill that would do away with the Department of Education and the Arts, moving its offices and programs to other state agencies.

Speaking today on MetroNews’ “Talkline,” Justice said he hasn’t yet...


State superintendent recommends use of spring break for strike makeup days
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — “Those nine days must and will be made up,” the state superintendent of schools pledged of the school instructional time lost in West Virginia’s public schools during the statewide teacher and school service personnel strike.

School students returned to class this past Wednesday, March 7 after being off on Feb. 22...


Reflections on the strike
Hoppy's Commentary | WV MetroNews

The strike by teachers and service workers that closed schools for nine days is over. Here are my takeaways:

–The five percent raise is substantial and fair.  If you count the experience increment for years one through 35, public school teachers will see about another $2,500 in their base pay starting next fiscal year.  Service workers, with their experience increment, will make around $1,400...