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Special session begins Monday; Cole calls Tomblin’s tax proposals to balance budget a ‘non-starter’
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Add Sen. President and GOP gubernatorial nominee Bill Cole to the list of Republicans in the legislature who aren’t pleased with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan to balance the state budget.

Tomblin has proposed three separate tax increases — tobacco, telecommunications and sales taxes heading into Monday’s...


House Speaker says taxpayers cannot bear full budget burden
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

You’ll hear no apology from House Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha, 40) as state lawmakers head into a Special Session next week for budget work with the projected shortfall in the 2017 spending plan estimated at $270 million.

“Someone needs to be standing up for the taxpayers,” Armstead said on Friday’s MetroNews “Talkline” of the continued resistance from a number...


Session call includes tax increases, authority to lay off workers
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

JULIAN, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s special session call for the state legislature includes three proposed tax increases, sweeping unused money in various accounts, dipping into the Rainy Day Fund and a bill allowing him to layoff state workers, if necessary.

The call was issued late Thursday with the special session set to begin Monday. Gov. Tomblin told...


Tomblin calls special session on budget for next week
By Phil Kabler, WV Gazette-Mail

A special session to enact the 2016-17 West Virginia budget will begin next week, despite a lack of consensus in the Legislature on how to close a $270 million funding shortfall, the Governor’s Office announced Monday.

“The governor will call a special session to begin on May 16,” said Chris Stadelman, spokesman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. “The governor will introduce a...


Special session on budget to begin May 16th
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will call state lawmakers into special session next Monday to work on a new state budget despite the absence of a widespread agreement.

With less than two months to go before the new budget year begins and still no new budget, the uncertainty is beginning to take its toll, Tomblin administration Communications Director Chris Stadelman said...