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January-12-2015

By Shauna Johnson
WV MetroNews 

The next state Senate President says Republican leaders are trying to look at “the whole picture” when it comes to the state’s budget.

“I can promise you we’re going to dig deep,” said Sen. Bill Cole (R-Mercer) ahead of the start of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session on Wednesday.

Budget talk is expected to again dominate the session, one Republicans will lead in the state Senate and state House of Delegates for the first time in...

January-08-2015

By Ryan Quinn

The Charleston Gazette

The West Virginia Board of Education’s president said the board will discuss the state’s controversial alterations to climate change science education standards at the start of next week’s meeting.

Gayle Manchin, who said she trusts the state Department of Education staff’s assertion that the altered standards are sound, said she’s requested that the item be placed on the school board’s agenda under new business, which usually comes...

January-08-2015

By Jessica Farrish
The Register-Herald
 
West Virginia Board of Education members made national news Monday, the result of a vote at a December meeting to alter references to human-driven climate change in the latest state science curriculum standards.
 
WVBOE members made the changes to the Next Generation Science Standards blueprint for the 2016-2017 school year in an effort to create debate on whether greenhouse gas emissions by human activity is changing the...

January-07-2015

By Hoppy Kercheval
WV MetroNews

NEW YORK, NY – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will propose using $85 million from the state’s Rainy Day reserve fund to balance the 2016 fiscal year budget, according to Fitch Ratings. If approved by the Legislature it will make the second year in a row the state has had to tap into savings to balance the budget.

Last year, the state needed $100 million from the emergency account to achieve a balanced budget. Even after the withdrawal, the state...

January-06-2015

By Jeff Jenkins
WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The positive news that surfaced following November tax collections in West Virginia took an about-face Monday when the revenue figures for December were released. State Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said collections missed estimates by $27 million.

Kiss said that probably means the state government hiring freeze will remain in effect for the rest of the fiscal year.

“Our hope was that (the freeze) may not have to be in...

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