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December-20-2018

By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — New House of Delegates Finance Committee Chairman Eric Householder says he’s more interested in tax cuts than any tax increases.

 “My vision is that we should be giving tax cuts right now. Currently we have a surplus and I think the moral thing to do is give the money back to the taxpayers,” Householder, R-Berkeley, said Thursday during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.”

Householder, who was recently...

December-19-2018

By WCHS

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Public Employees rallied Tuesday ahead of a P.E.I.A. public hearing with some like Krista Antis advocating for her family.

“When he gets sick it can be much more dangerous than a normal kid,” Antis said of her disabled son Davis, “I’ve spent a lot of days in the hospital. A lot of nights in the hospital with him.”

Davis, she said, requires constant care and, as an eighth-grade teacher, if Antis gets priced out of affordable...

December-18-2018

By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The newly-shaped leadership team for the House of Delegates includes new chairmen of the key Finance and Education committees.

The announcements were made this morning by Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay.

“Our leadership team is committed to making West Virginia a better place to live, work and raise a family, and we plan to launch a bold agenda to further our state down the path of prosperity,” Hanshaw...

December-18-2018

By: David Beard, The Dominion Post

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The Public Employees Insurance Agency (PEIA) Finance Board came to Morgantown Monday evening for a public hearing. About 75 people turned out; 16 addressed the board, urging a long-term funding fix, fairness for patients seeking out-of-state care, and a severance tax hike.

PEIA plan participant Sue Kelly didn’t have any specific suggestions but offered the board a rhetorical lecture.

“We depend on...

December-17-2018

Editorial in the Beckley Register-Herald

If we had had enough qualified math teachers in classrooms across the state, we may have been better schooled on how to add up all of the statistics coming out of various legislative interim meetings this past week in Charleston. What became apparent is this: We do not have just an education problem in this state, we do not have just a health and human services system overwhelmed by a glut of foster kids looking for safe harbor, we do not have...

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