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BREAKING: Gov. Jim Justice will allow the budget bill to become law, but he will not sign it.  


Proposed WV budget includes deep cuts to education, arts, tourism
By Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

In addition to cuts to higher education, public education and Medicaid, other West Virginia cultural, educational and tourism programs would take it on the chin under the version of the 2017-18 budget bill passed by the Legislature Friday night, an analysis of the budget proposal shows.

Culture and History, Education and the Arts, the Library...


Report: Black students disciplined at higher rate in WV schools
JAKE JARVIS, Charleston Gazette-Mail

West Virginia State University hosting the “State of African Americans in West Virginia: K-12 Education Equity Summit” at the school’s student union on Monday morning.

In the state’s public schools, black children are disciplined at higher rates than white students and other minority groups,...


Carmichael, Armstead implore Justice to sign budget bill
By Brad McElhinny, WV MetroNews

Senate President Mitch Carmichael and House Speaker Tim Armstead don’t know if the governor is going to sign their budget bill or not — but they say he should.

Both legislative leaders appeared this morning on MetroNews’ “Talkline.” Like others, they are wondering what action Gov. Jim Justice will take on the $4.225 billion budget the Legislature passed late Friday....


WV House, Senate pass bare bones budget
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail

With House and Senate leadership refusing to budge on their versions of bills to raise tax revenue to close shortfalls in the 2017-18 budget, a frustrated, angry and exhausted Legislature figuratively threw up its hands Friday evening, passing a bare-bones $4.225 billion budget bill (Senate Bill 1013).

That’s some $125 million less than the version of the budget sought by Gov....