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Justice frustrated by 'taxes vs. no new taxes' budget debate
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Gov. Jim Justice said Monday he finds it frustrating that the debate over resolving the 2017-18 West Virginia budget has been framed in terms of taxes versus no new taxes.

“We’re so fixated on, ‘Justice wants to raise your taxes,’ and the other side wants to cut and not raise taxes,” Justice said in an interview Monday.

“The bottom line is, this...


Public comment period begins Tuesday in closure of 14 Fayette schools
By Alex Wiederspiel, WV MetroNews

FAYETTEVILLE, W.Va. — Permanent school closure hearings have a tendency to get heated from time to time–a fact that Fayette County School Superintendent Terry George recognizes.

“The emotions can run over and spill over,” George said. “Any time that you are talking about taking a school out of a community or moving students to a new community to attend...


Finalists named in Cabell County superintendent search
By WV MetroNews Staff

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — Members of the Cabell County Board of Education have named three finalists in their search for a new school superintendent.

The board announced Friday Hampshire County Superintendent Jeffrey Crook, Cabell County Schools federal programs director Kelly Daniels and former West Virginia Department of Education administrator Ryan Saxe were chosen from an original...


Commentary: How much poverty budgeting will West Va. take?
By Rick Wilson, for The Charleston Gazette editorial page

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about how the website WalletHub came up with a list of the best and worst places for millennials to live. It’s no surprise that West Virginia came out on the bottom. But, as my friend Stephen Smith wrote with Pastor Mason Ballard in a Gazette-Mail op-ed online, it’s the best state to come to, if you want to make a...


Gov. Justice signs bill raising pre-k and kindergarten enrollment age
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

The dates by when West Virginia children must enter kindergarten and must be offered free kindergarten and pre-kindergarten are set to change in the coming years.

Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday signed into law Senate Bill 186, which will eventually move from Sept. 1 to July 1 the cutoff date for when a child must be a certain age before being...