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W.Va. poverty rate increases again
By Daniel Tyson, Register-Herald Reporter

In August the federal government announced West Virginia has the lowest civilian workforce participation, on Tuesday it was learned the state has a 7.6 unemployment rate, the nation's highest.

Then on Thursday the bad economic news continued. A report shows nearly 20 percent of West Virginians live in poverty and more alarming a quarter of its children reside in homes earning...


Fayette school plan may face resistance from School Building Authority
By Jeff Jenkins, Metronews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Fayette County won’t get all of the money it’s seeking from the state School Building in the upcoming funding cycle and there’s question if it will get any at all.

The SBA will have $52 million to allocate in December. Projects from across the state are due Oct. 1. SBA Executive Director David Sneed expects to have up to 40 projects...


Lawmakers study sin taxes in W.Va.
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia ranks third in the United States in the percentage of state revenue that comes from so-called “sin taxes,” lawmakers considering ways to revamp the state’s tax system were told Tuesday.

More than 11 percent of the state’s budget is funded by gambling, alcohol and tobacco — and most of that money comes from casino and video lottery revenue, according to a Governing...


State school board seeks Common Core lawsuit dismissal
By Samuel Speciale, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against the West Virginia Board of Education, attorneys representing the state’s chief school policymakers say one Republican’s attempts to shutter the use of Common Core standards is nothing more than a political campaign.

The Charleston-based law firm Bailey and Glasser is asking the state Supreme Court of Appeals to...


Coalition argues for tax changes 'that work'
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Offering a counterpoint to the ongoing meetings of the legislative Joint Committee on Tax Reform, a coalition of education, faith, labor and community-based organizations called on legislators Tuesday to pursue tax changes that they said would benefit all West Virginians.

Declaring “you can’t cut your way to prosperity,” Rick Wilson of the American Friends Service...