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Despite concerns about lower and middle class, tax bill moves forward
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Legislation to substantially change West Virginia’s tax system continues to move forward in the Senate, despite concerns that it could hurt lower- and middle-class families and state retailers.

A Senate finance subcommittee on Monday advanced the Tax Reform Act (SB 335), which in its current version would significantly reduce income tax,...


Cheatham: PEIA bill would give finance board more flexibility
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

A bill approved Monday by the House of Delegates Finance Committee would give the state PEIA Finance Board more flexibility when it comes to the annual changes in health insurance for active state workers.

The bill (HB 2871) would eliminate the mandated employer versus employee cost share of 80 percent employer, 20 percent employee for PEIA and allow the finance...


State Board of Education to start streaming meeting audio
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The West Virginia Board of Education has agreed to begin live-streaming its meetings starting April 12.

At least as far back as July 2015, Bill White, then a board member, had suggested the board consider televising or live-streaming its meetings. As of January of this year, when White was still a member, the board still hadn’t begun doing so, and White...


With legislative session on home stretch, is budget compromise possible?
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — With just about one-third of the West Virginia legislative session remaining, lawmakers and Gov. Jim Justice are feeling each other out over whether there’s room for compromise on their visions for the state budget.

“This process, you have to put something on the table to start the dialogue and the negotiation process and the...


Missing: GOP budget details; please call Senator Unger
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

Earlier this week, Carmichael appeared on “Talkline” with Hoppy Kercheval and said the starting point for cuts would be $50 million from DHHR, $50 million from K-12 education and $50 million from higher education.

Democratic Senator John Unger is asking everyone for help locating the whole Republican budget plan.

Unger is asking his fellow Senators. He...