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Governor suggests state’s population decline will continue if budget “cut to the bone”
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

In the wake of the release of U.S. Census data unfavorable to the state, West Virginia Governor Jim Justice predicts residents will continue to flee the state if the State Legislature presents a budget that’s too heavy and reliant on cuts to services.

“You’ve got to find a way out of it that’s not taking an aspirin for cancer and just...


Education bills concern WVEA president in Charleston
By MetroNews Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The bill which would give West Virginia teachers and school service workers a payraise has cleared its first hurdle in Charleston.  The K-12 Education proposed by Governor Jim Justice bill won late night approval Wednesday in the House Finance Committee with the pay improvement intact.   It’s unknown how long that will stand however as the bill goes to the House Finance...


Ed. official: Paine, D’Antoni, Hess are WV schools chief finalists
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education’s has selected three finalists for state schools superintendent, according to an education official.

The finalists are: Steve Paine, who served as state superintendent from mid-2005 through the end of 2010; Kathy D’Antoni, the state Department of Education’s chief career and technical education officer; and Blaine...


Despite concerns about lower and middle class, tax bill moves forward
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Legislation to substantially change West Virginia’s tax system continues to move forward in the Senate, despite concerns that it could hurt lower- and middle-class families and state retailers.

A Senate finance subcommittee on Monday advanced the Tax Reform Act (SB 335), which in its current version would significantly reduce income tax,...


Cheatham: PEIA bill would give finance board more flexibility
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

A bill approved Monday by the House of Delegates Finance Committee would give the state PEIA Finance Board more flexibility when it comes to the annual changes in health insurance for active state workers.

The bill (HB 2871) would eliminate the mandated employer versus employee cost share of 80 percent employer, 20 percent employee for PEIA and allow the finance...