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November-09-2015

Large, angry crowd expected for PEIA rate hike hearing Tuesday
By Phil Kabler, Statehouse Reporter, WV Gazette-Mail

Statewide public hearings on the proposed $120 million in benefits cuts for Public Employees Insurance Agency coverage come to Charleston Tuesday evening, where a large and angry crowd can be expected, based on the first two hearings last week.

With no increase in the state’s funding of $422.4 million for PEIA employer premiums, and no...

November-09-2015

Randolph County Education Levy Fails
Written by Lauren McMillen

The Randolph County schools levy did not pass on Saturday night, despite a close race.

According to unofficial results, 2,152 voted for the levy, while 2,694 voted against it.

County officials said nearly 30% of residents in the county cast their votes. The special election brought out a lot of early voters and strong opinions. Those of you for the levy said it's important for education.

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November-06-2015

Teachers union laments drastic cuts in PEIA
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — One educator in Berkeley County summed it up when he told the PEIA Finance Board during a public hearing in Martinsburg he planned to consider a career change.  The speaker said he would have to go to work for his father in the construction business...

November-06-2015

Kessler says WV needs more tax money
By David Gutman, Political Reporter SAM OWENS | Gazette-Mail

Jeff Kessler, Democratic candidate for governor of West Virginia, talks to members of the Charleston Gazette-Mail editorial board Thursday in the newsroom. Kessler is the minority leader of the state Senate and previously served as Senate president and chairman of that chamber’s Judiciary Committee.

It’s going to take increased state spending and investment...

November-05-2015

Crowd vents frustrations at Martinsburg PEIA hearing
By Samantha Cronk, The Journal

MARTINSBURG -- Heated opinions were exchanged Tuesday as more than 300 residents attended a public hearing on proposed changes to the Public Employees Insurance Agency, which affects any state-employed worker, such as teachers and school service personnel.

The PEIA finance board hosted a public hearing presentation on the proposed $120 million in cuts to benefits, totaling...

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