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Support for WV budget proposal seems to be slipping away
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

Lawmakers moved closer Wednesday to taking a second hiatus from the special legislative session on the 2017-18 West Virginia budget, as support for a Gov. Jim Justice/Senate compromise revenue plan continued to unravel on the session’s fifth day

.Despite a pep talk Tuesday from Justice on the Senate floor encouraging support for the revenue plan (Senate Bill 1007...


Fayette County school board approves closure, consolidation plan
By WV MetroNews staff

OAK HILL, W.Va. — The Fayette County Board of Education voted Tuesday to close seven schools over a two-year period, as well as reconfigure and consolidate the remaining schools for students and create a new institution.

The board voted 4-1, with board member Patsy Holliday voting against the measure recommended by Fayette County Schools Superintendent Terry George....


Justice administration tells cabinet secretaries to start preparing for shutdown
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Jim Justice is already telling his cabinet secretaries to start preparing for the possibility of a government shutdown.
Nick Casey, chief of staff for the governor, sent a memo this afternoon labeled: “Operating with No Budget on July 1.”

“In an abundance of caution, you need to start developing a contingency plan...


Legislature returns to consider budget but bill still isn’t ready
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Senate and House of Delegates adjourned Monday without the introduction of a bill meant to form the foundation of a budget for the coming fiscal year.

That was after the Justice administration issued a memo warning state agencies to start preparing for a budget shutdown and also after submitting a bill allowing furloughs of state...


2 top WV Ed Department leaders exit
Ryan Quinn, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia’s deputy state schools superintendent is retiring at the end of this month, and state Superintendent Steve Paine has eliminated the position of his chief of staff, who resigned last month.

Both women had been in their roles for about two years.

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