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February-20-2020

By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

During discussion in Senate Finance Committee Monday on how to close a potential $300 million fiscal hole that a proposed phase-out of a variety of personal property taxes would blow into county, school board and municipal budgets, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow made a very astute observation.

Muchow — one of the sharpest minds ever to grace the hallways of the Capitol — noted that if the state’s dirt-low...

February-19-2020

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

February 19, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The House of Delegates is moving its own Tim Tebow bill that includes a few key differences from the bill the Senate passed earlier this session.

The bill, HB 3127, was approved by the House Education Committee on a voice vote Tuesday morning. It would allow...

February-17-2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

February 17, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — As the state Senate starts consideration of a major tax overhaul this week, the Democrats who would be needed for passage have questions.

“We’re still mulling it over,” said Senator Ron Stollings, D-Boone.

The Republican majority in the Senate has talked for months about opening up the state Constitution to allow property taxes on manufacturers to be cut.

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February-14-2020

By Jake Flatley, WV MetroNews

February 14, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill to implement training for all teachers, school leaders, paraprofessionals and specialized instructional support personnel on ‘trauma-informed practices’ in schools is headed to the House floor.

House Bill 4649, which would do require the state board to...

February-13-2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

February 13, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Board of Education voted to accept rules governing the establishment of charter schools in West Virginia.

Only board member Deborah Sullivan, former principal at Charleston Catholic, voted against the rules. Sullivan said her objection is not with how the rules were produced but instead with the charter schools concept.

Sullivan suggested that county...

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