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Lawmakers, educators react to Tomblin vetoes of education bills
By Pamela Pritt, Register-Herald Reporter

Lawmakers and education leaders alike said Saturday that Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto of a bill that would allow accrued minutes to grow into instructional days is “a slap in the face.”

Delegate George “Boogie” Ambler, R-Greenbrier, said HB 4171 was “the one thing teachers saw as something that the legislature was doing to help with education.”


Tomblin vetoes pair of bills altering school calendar, standards
By Matt Maccaro, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin vetoed a pair of bills Friday that would have altered the school calendar and education standards in West Virginia.

One bill (HB-4171) would have allowed schools systems to use banked time to count toward the 180 day requirement and required school to end by June 10, and start no sooner than Aug. 10.

The other bill (HB-4014) would...


Deadline day has reached for governor to sign bills
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says a bill that would change the public school calendar process “kind of takes us back a little bit.”

Tomblin will make a decision on the measure (HB 4171) by the end of the day Friday. April 1 is the deadline for the governor to sign or veto bills passed in the final hours of the 60-day legislative session.

The bill allows for school systems to...


Commentary: Governor explains what deep cuts may look like
By Hoppy Kercheval, WV MetroNews

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin says without a tax increase, “we’re going to have to make some very, very serious cuts” to state spending to balance the budget for the 2017 fiscal year beginning July 1.

How serious? For example, Tomblin has told legislative leaders that public education spending would have to be cut by four percent, or $63 million, resulting in the...


PEIA board OKs $120M health plan cuts
The Associated Press

As a state budget standoff drags on, West Virginia is again teeing up larger cuts to health plans that would hike premiums and copays for about 230,000 state employees, teachers and retirees.

West Virginia's Public Employee Insurance Agency Finance Board on Wednesday approved $120 million in cuts from health plans. The board also passed a backup plan, should more money come its way in the state...