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Senate Finance Chairman: Tax reform alone not enough
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After day-long testimony Monday from academics and experts from national organizations, a co-chairman of the legislative Select Committee on Tax Reform said reform ultimately may not mean big cuts or massive shifts in tax obligations.

“There’s a lot of reform we can address that may not seem large but can have impact on those it affects,” Senate...


Statehouse Beat: Many counties can't absorb another tax cut
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette 

Although today marks only the second major meeting of the legislative Select Committee on Fair Taxation, many observers believe that among the taxes subject to the committee’s slashing will be personal property taxes on business inventory and equipment.

Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, for one, has repeatedly told lobbyists the state inventory tax is a...


Yearbook says West Virginia’s Pre-K program ranks highly
By Matt Maccaro in News | May 13, 2015 at 7:47PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s Preschool Program ranks favorably nationwide according to The State of Preschool 2014 Yearbook released by the National Institute for Early Education Research.

State Chief Academic Officer Clayton Burch said the rankings show West Virginia’s early education program in a very favorable way.

“We’re fifth in the...


State school board places year-round coaching policy on comment|
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Board of Education voted Wednesday to put out for 30-day public comment period policy changes that would allow year-round coaching by certified middle and high school coaches.

Current policy allows for only three weeks of out-of-season sports practice or related activities. Martinsburg High School Principal Trent Sherman, who proposed...


W.Va. tuition rising as state cuts funding
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette

While 37 states increased per-student higher education funding for this academic year, West Virginia was one of the 13 that cut it, and one of only five that cut it by more than $100 per student, according to a report being released today.

The report by the Washington-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities — which aims to reduce poverty and inequality and is funded by...