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Statehouse Beat: What's behind tax reform push?
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Despite its mandate to “aggressively cut taxes” in order to spur economic growth, the first significant meeting of the legislative Select Committee on Fair Taxation seemed more like a solution in search of a problem.

Citing U.S. Census Bureau and Bureau of Economic Analysis reports, Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow noted that West Virginia’s corporate taxes as a...


Group of Cabell teachers shows support for Common Core
By Lacie Pierson, The Huntington Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON — A typically simple measure for the Cabell County Board of Education became the catalyst for a political debate regarding Common Core standards last week.

A group of teachers, who were part of a textbook selection committee, voiced their support for the standards when the debate boiled up during a discussion about a measure to adopt Reading/...


WVSDB struggle for funding solutions after vetoes
By Ashton Marra, West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Lawmakers from the Eastern Panhandle tried two separate times to aid the West Virginia Schools for the Deaf and Blind during the 2015 legislative session. The schools are struggling to maintain their buildings, some of which are more than 100 years, and looked to the Legislature this year to begin to help them meet their facilities goals.

Those goals,...


Jim Justice to announce political plans Monday
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — Greenbrier Resort owner Jim Justice has scheduled an announcement for Monday afternoon concerning his political future.

Justice has said several times in recent weeks that he’s “seriously considering” a run for governor. No specifics have been released about Monday’s announcement but hundreds of friends have been invited to the event, which is...


Strong April tax collections should mean balanced budget for WV
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette

Strong tax collections in April should put the state in line to finish the 2014-15 budget year with a balanced budget, Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said Tuesday.

“I think we’re on target to come in with a balanced budget without having to do anything drastic,” Kiss said during a monthly media conference on state revenue figures.

With two months...