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Duane Goossen: Buyer beware in WV, as in Kansas
By Duane Goossen, For the Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginians, watch out! Arthur Laffer visited recently to give you advice about taxes and the West Virginia economy. He said that if your lawmakers would just get rid of state income taxes, especially for the wealthy, your state economy would prosper.

Laffer is a conservative economist who for years has traveled the nation trying to sell the idea that...


Drops in funding, enrollment lead to possible Boone schools closure
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

In response to declining enrollment and lower property tax collections, the Boone County schools superintendent wants to close three of the county’s 10 elementary schools.

John Hudson said Wharton Elementary, which would merge with Van Elementary, will host a hearing at 6 p.m. on Nov. 2; Nellis Elementary, which would consolidate with Ashford-...


Police chief, teachers honored for response to Philippi hostage situation
By Ryan Petrovich,

Tonight in Barbour County, Philippi City Council honored individuals who played a key role in the Phillip-Barbour High School hostage situation that happened a couple months ago.

Police Chief Jeff Walters and teachers Jennifer Swift and Twila Smith were honored for their bravery and composure during that frightening day. Swift and Smith were not on hand...


Revenue shortfall presents major challenge for W.Va. leaders
By Jeremiah Shelor, Staff Writer, The Exponent Telegram

CLARKSBURG — With Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announcing across-the-board midyear budget cuts for state agencies Monday, addressing the state’s revenue shortfall is shaping up to be a major theme in the 2016 legislative session.

On Monday, the governor’s office announced a 4 percent budget reduction for most state agencies and a 1 percent cut to...


Public education not spared from latest round of budget cuts
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A one percent cut in the state School Aid Formula will result in a total of more than $16 million in funding reductions in county school systems.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed an executive order Monday ordering budget cuts because of a significant decrease in state revenues mainly caused by decreased coal production and the record low prices for...