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Analysts Critical of Likely Legislative Approach to WV Budget
Dan Heyman, Public News Service

Even with a 45-cent cigarette tax increase, budget analysts say state lawmakers look likely to lean too heavily on cuts and one-time money. Bowing to an anti-tax faction in the House, state senators have been working on a tobacco tax boost smaller than they passed in March.

Observers say the tobacco tax may be the only new revenue approved by the special budget...


Third juvenile charged in Clay County school threat
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

CLAY, W.Va. — State police have made a third arrest in connection to what was described as a Columbine style threat at Clay County Middle School.

A 13 year old boy was charged Thursday with making terroristic threats, conspiracy to commit murder and solicitation to commit murder. Earlier this week, troopers charged two teenage boys, ages 13 and 15, with the same charges...


Tomblin says state worker furlough bill a precautionary step
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said the bill introduced Wednesday that would allow him to furlough state workers was “purely precautionary.”

But Tomblin said it’s a move he believes he must prepare for if there’s no agreement on a new state budget by July 1.

“This would allow the governor in a case where there was no budget, no funding mechanism,...


House may have votes to pass cigarette tax; Cole, Armstead want special session call additions
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A tobacco tax increase bill proposed by Governor Earl Ray Tomblin to generate anywhere from $71 million to $76 million in new revenues will be taken up directly on the floor of the House of Delegates after it comes out of the Senate.

Senate passage was expected as early as Wednesday at the State Capitol on what...


WV lawmakers return, but no closer to budget deal
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer, WV Gazette-Mail

Lawmakers were called back into session by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to try to come up with a 2016-17 budget.

On Monday, legislators opened a special session to pass West Virginia’s 2016-17 budget seemingly no closer to agreement on a $4.2 billion spending plan than when they left town at the end of the regular legislative session on March 15.

As the budget...