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Labor plans to challenge ‘Right to Work’ law
By MetroNews Staff

The West Virginia AFL-CIO and other union groups have notified the state they plan to file a lawsuit in 30 days over the state law that makes West Virginia a “Right to Work” state.

“While we believe we have strong grounds for a constitutional challenge of the law, based in part on the recent circuit court decision on the Right to Work law in Wisconsin, we also have found several significant...


State revenue numbers continue freefall
By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

As lawmakers await the call for a special session to deal with a shortfall in the 2017 budget, this year's state revenues continue to free fall, with a gaping budget hole of $218.7 million. 

Revenue numbers were $72.2 million below estimates in April.

While energy sector severance taxes continue to plummet, it was April's personal income tax line item that revealed...


WV budget special session may start in later this month
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer

Earl Ray Tomblin likely will call a special session to take up the 2016-17 state budget later this month, whether there’s agreement in the Legislature on a budget plan or not, Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Wednesday.

“We’re probably talking about doing that sometime in May because of the critical nature of getting something in place,” Kiss said of the timing for a...


Grover Norquist tax pledge could affect WV budget talks
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer

Activist Grover Norquist is best known for the pledge he gives to political candidates promising to oppose any tax increases.

One factor contributing to the now 52-day state budget impasse could be that one-fourth of the members of the House of Delegates have signed Republican political activist Grover Norquist’s no tax increase pledge.

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Education, public health organizations & others join calls for $1 cigarette tax hike
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

 An increase of at least $1 to the state tax on a pack of cigarettes could make the difference for West Virginia’s physical and fiscal health, according to representatives from a coalition of West Virginia education, public health and faith-based community organizations.

As state budget talks continue, those groups came together...