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March-02-2020

WV MetroNews

March 2, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Clayton Burch, the newly named West Virginia superintendent of schools believes in a bright future for state schools, even if he is not in the same position for it.

Burch was named to the position without an interim or acting superintendent tag on February 21 in an emergency meeting to...

February-21-2020

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

February 21, 2020

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State schools superintendent Steve Paine is departing even sooner than expected.

The state Board of Education has announced an emergency 3 p.m. meeting today to accept Paine’s retirement, effective immediately.

The meeting announcement says the state board...

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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