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Tax reform unlikely, but groups push low-income tax credit
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

There will be no major proposals coming this year from the Republican Legislature’s new Joint Committee on Tax Reform, although a coalition of community organizations is pushing for a tax credit specifically aimed at low-income workers, a proposal with possible bipartisan support.

Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam and a co-chairman of the tax reform committee,...


Sensored, safety school bus to be introduced in Kanawha County
By Carrie Hodousek, WV MetroNews

ELKVIEW, W.Va. — A New Jersey bill that requires sensors on school buses is gaining a lot of attention in West Virginia.

The legislation named “Abigail’s Law” follows the death of Abigail Kuberiet — a child struck and killed by a school bus as it pulled away from a stop in 2003. The bus driver didn’t see her in front the bus or know the accident happened until...


New House Ed Chair: Time running out on standards compromise
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The new chairman of the House Education Committee says legislation to further change West Virginia’s K-12 learning standards isn’t inevitable, but time is running out for lawmakers, the state Department of Education and the state Board of Education to come to an agreement to avoid such a bill.

“I certainly don’t want to close the door,” Delegate Paul...


Ethics complaint against state BOE president Green dismissed
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

A West Virginia Ethics Commission panel has dismissed the ethics complaint a state Board of Education member filed last month against the board’s president alleging violations of open meetings laws and other accusations.

Mike Green, president of the state school board, said he got a notice a few days ago that the Probable Cause Review Board found no...


With big deficit looming, Manchin unsure if tax cuts were right move
By David Gutman, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

With West Virginia facing a $353 million budget shortfall, and with the benefit of hindsight, Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said he’s not sure if the business tax cuts he pushed through as governor were a good idea or not.

“I don’t know if you say they’re the right or wrong move, but you’ve got to be competitive,” Manchin said Thursday. “I couldn...