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Alternative funding not yet identified for PEIA
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

While legislative leaders are touting possible alternative funding options to ease $120 million of benefits cuts for West Virginia’s Public Employees Insurance Agency insurees, nothing definitive has been found, officials said.

Shortly after the PEIA Finance Board approved what have been termed “draconian” cuts in benefits for active employees and retirees, House...


SBA denies funding for Fayette consolidations
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The state School Building Authority’s board chose Monday to deny funding for Fayette County’s controversial consolidation plan.

Of the 11 board members, only State Schools Superintendent Michael Martirano and Tina Combs, who’s also a state school board member, were heard voting against removing Fayette’s proposal from consideration. Peter Markham, the SBA board’s...


SBA to vote today on needs projects, including Fayette's
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

The School Building Authority will vote Monday on whether or not to provide priority funding to Fayette County and adopt their school consolidation plan as laid out in the Fayette County Comprehensive Educational Facilities Plan (CEFP).

The plan calls for the SBA to provide 39 million dollars to Fayette County over a three-year period with Fayette County providing...


W.Va. lawmakers pushing for more math, ELA standards changes
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

State legislative leaders aren’t fully satisfied with the proposed changes to West Virginia’s K-12 math and English language arts standards, and are meeting Monday with the state Board of Education’s president to suggest additional alterations.

Amanda Pasdon, R-Monongalia and chairwoman of the House Education Committee, wrote in text messages to a...


Legislative leaders quick to criticize PEIA benefit reduction
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

Senate President Bill Cole (R-Mercer, 06), is among those moving quickly to criticize the $120 million in benefit reductions members of the Public Employees Insurance Agency’s Finance Board approved this week for state workers and retirees.

With the Thursday vote, Cole, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, said in a statement the board “voted unanimously to...