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Gazette editorial: Summer of work, or self-induced crisis

Republicans took control of the Legislature — and West Virginia’s government is on the brink of collapse. The current special session is costing taxpayers perhaps a half-million dollars at $35,000 per day.

If it can’t attain a balanced budget by July 1, when the next fiscal year begins, massive state layoffs may occur and crucial services may halt.

Legislators have only one absolute duty: to raise...


House approves proposed 2017 budget with list of cuts, $143 million from Rainy Day funds
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

Five weeks ahead of the start of the 2017 fiscal year in West Virginia, the House of Delegates approved a budget bill with a 61-37 vote on Friday afternoon at the State Capitol and sent it on to the Senate for consideration after Memorial Day.



Tensions, tempers rise in budget deliberations
By Pamela Pritt,  Register-Herald Reporter

Nine amendments to the House budget bill that would have raided money from higher education institutions from around the state caused such a stir on the House floor Thursday evening that Speaker Tim Armstead felt compelled to leave his podium and address the body from his seat. 

The amendments, which were offered by Delegates Ron Walters, R-Kanawha, and Ray...


Senate appears ready to follow House lead on budget
By Chris Lawrence, WV MetroNews

The state Senate has recessed for the long holiday weekend with no budget in place. The Senate’s version of the proposed 2016-17 budget was on second reading Friday, but leaders chose to let it lie over for a day.

The move along with remarks from Senator Kent Leonhardt (R-Monongalia) seemed to indicate the Senate plans to allow the House of Delegates to take the lead on...


BOE Votes To Buyout Contract of Superintendent
By Lauren Matthews, Wetzel Chronicle

At a special meeting of the Wetzel County Board of education, the board voted to buyout the contract of Superintendent Leatha Williams.

This decision was made after an executive session was held, that lasted a bit over an hour.

Williams' employment will last through June 30, and the buyout amount was approximately $143,000.

Board Member Carolyn Gatian was the...