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Raleigh delegate says House not close on budget talks
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

BECKLEY, W.Va. -- A delegate involved in the state budget negotiations said Thursday on MetroNews Talkline the House Democrats and Republicans haven’t reached a consensus on what a new budget should look like.

“My assessment is we’re fundamentally not a whole lot closer than what we were when we left town,” Delegate Mick Bates (D-Raleigh) said.

The divide comes in...


Tomblin: No special session until there’s a budget agreement
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer Gazette-Mail

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin said Wednesday he doesn’t plan to call the West Virginia Legislature into special session to pass the 2016-17 state budget until there’s agreement on how to close a $270 million budget shortfall — and he said that hasn’t happened yet.

“I think there’s a spirit to come together and work, but there’s not been an...


Big mistake - Ignoring revenue for massive cuts to state budget is wrong
Register-Herald editorial

Just when we thought the 2016 legislative session in Charleston couldn’t have been any worse, we hear reports that budget negotiators are considering excessively harsh and short-sighted cuts to the state’s budget.

That would be a massive mistake. If you have the stomach for just how deep and how destructive those cuts would be, read on. But don’t...


National teacher of the year addresses WVU faculty, students
By Sunshine Wiles, MetroNews

The 2015 National Teacher of the Year Award recipient is an English instructor, loves Shakespeare, is a literacy advocate and is on tour mentoring studying teachers and influencing academic leaders nationwide.

Shanna Peeples, of Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, spent Tuesday leading discussions in Morgantown on curriculum, teacher pay, motivation and...


Commentary: Gov. Tomblin's hypothetical budget cutting options
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

Legislative leaders and members of the Tomblin administration continue their private and arduous discussions on what the state’s FY 2017 budget should look like. Principals have purposely toned down the public finger-pointing to try to relieve the inevitable tension associated with the fiscally and politically difficult negotiations.

“We’re meeting, we’re...