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BOE Votes To Buyout Contract of Superintendent
By Lauren Matthews, Wetzel Chronicle

At a special meeting of the Wetzel County Board of education, the board voted to buyout the contract of Superintendent Leatha Williams.

This decision was made after an executive session was held, that lasted a bit over an hour.

Williams' employment will last through June 30, and the buyout amount was approximately $143,000.

Board Member Carolyn Gatian was the...


House budget up for passage today
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

The House of Delegates moved its budget forward to third reading Thursday.

A lengthy House floor session that began around 5 p.m. Thursday saw most amendments to its budget rejected, including a proposal from Del. Ron Walters (R-Kanawha) to strip funding out of various accounts in the budget bill, including eliminating funding for West Virginia University Institute of Technology and Fairmont...


An exasperated WV Senate budget-writer speaks his mind
Dan Heyman, public News Service

Charleston, W.Va. - West Virginia lawmakers have boxed themselves into a budget crisis, and the head of a legislative budget-writing committee says it keeps him up nights worrying about it.

There are some signs of motion in the House going into the weekend, but Senate Finance Committee chairman Mike Hall, R-Putnam County, said the failure of a tobacco tax hike in the...


Senate Finance chair says bigger Rainy Day dip could keep state government running in short-term
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

The budget deadline is closer than some West Virginia lawmakers may think, according to Senate Finance Committee Chair Mike Hall (R-Putnam, 04).

Friday marks five weeks until the beginning of West Virginia’s 2017 fiscal year and, nine days into a Special Session, there were no indications state lawmakers were nearing a budget...


Budget impasse continues as House snuffs out tobacco tax
By Pamela Pritt Register, Herald Reporter

Undeterred by the failure of a tobacco tax in the House of Delegates Tuesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch Carmichael said the GOP leadership will now focus on other revenue-producing measures to bolster an ailing state budget now $271 million out of whack.

As soon as the House vote failed, a war of words broke out between Speaker of the House Tim Armstead...