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W.Va. tuition rising as state cuts funding
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

While 37 states increased per-student higher education funding for this academic year, West Virginia was one of the 13 that cut it, and one of only five that cut it by more than $100 per student, according to a report being released today.

The report by the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities — which aims to reduce poverty and inequality and is funded by...


Jim Justice running for governor
By Eric Eyre, The Charleston Gazette

West Virginia billionaire businessman Jim Justice announced today he’s running for governor as a Democrat.

Justice, who owns The Greenbrier, serves as president and CEO of about 50 companies, but he’s never held a political office – or even run for election. Forbes magazine estimates Justice’s net worth at $1.6 billion.

He announced his bid for governor this afternoon during a...


Statehouse Beat: What's behind tax reform push?
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Despite its mandate to “aggressively cut taxes” in order to spur economic growth, the first significant meeting of the legislative Select Committee on Fair Taxation seemed more like a solution in search of a problem.

Citing U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis reports, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow noted that West Virginia’s corporate taxes as a...


Group of Cabell teachers shows support for Common Core
By Lacie Pierson, The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — A typically simple measure for the Cabell County Board of Education became the catalyst for a political debate regarding Common Core standards last week.

A group of teachers, who were part of a textbook selection committee, voiced their support for the standards when the debate boiled up during a discussion about a measure to adopt Reading/...


WVSDB struggle for funding solutions after vetoes
By Ashton Marra, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle tried two separate times to aid the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind during the 2015 legislative session. The schools are struggling to maintain their buildings, some of which are more than 100 years, and looked to the Legislature this year to begin to help them meet their facilities goals.

Those goals,...