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Budget decisions delayed after lawmakers hit with new $92 million problem
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

West Virginia’s budget hole got $92 million deeper Tuesday leaving Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and members of the state legislature faced with what are anticipated to be painful decisions to make before the new fiscal year begins July 1.

Tomblin submitted updated revenue estimates to lawmakers that predict the “continued downturn in global energy markets”...


Voter ID bill with expanded options passes legislature on final day
By MetroNews Staff

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin indicated Saturday he’ll sign the Voter ID bill (HB 4013) that passed the legislature Saturday night.

The House of Delegates eventually agreed to most of the changes the Senate made to the bill providing for more acceptable forms of identification at polling places.

The additional forms include any local, county or state-issued government...


Newest state BOE member Rotruck doing his ‘homework’ to catch up
By Matt Maccaro | WV MetroNews

Scott Rotruck, the newest member of the state Board of Education, says he’s working hard to get up to speed after he was sworn in last week.

Rotruck, who lives in Morgantown and grew up in Keyser, was appointed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to replace the void left by the resignation of Wade Linger.

“First and foremost I’m looking forward to learning a lot...


Opinions of Regular Legislation Session differ in Senate
By Aaron Payne | WV MetroNews

Opinions on the 2016 Regular Legislative Session and if it helped advance West Virginia vary depending on who you are speaking with.

After gaveling out at midnight on Day 60, Senate President Bill Cole (R – Mercer, 06), said he felt like it was full of needed change.

“We’ve done more to advance the cause of making West Virginia a state that is conducive to the...


Statehouse Beat: Worst session in 27 years
By Phil Kabler, Staff Writer

If I were to rank the 27 legislative sessions I've covered from best to worst, I would immediately be able to assign the just-ended 2016 session to 27th place.

I've seen many sessions that didn't accomplish much, but no other session compares in terms of the outright damage done to the state's image, its economic health and its immediate future.

Arguably, the biggest issues...