Budget Beat

September 2, 2016 by Linda Frame
What Do Cuts to Higher Ed Mean to You?

Join Us in the WVU Mountainlair - In Person or Streaming! Balancing the state budget has meant year after year of cuts to higher education funding in West Virginia. Public colleges and universities have been forced to respond with tuition hikes while the state's Promise scholarship has remained flat, putting college affordability out of reach…

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June 24, 2016 by Linda Frame
So, We Have a Budget – What’s In It, What’s Not?

Didn't have time to follow the twists and turns of the Special Session? Confused as to what's in (and out of) the final West Virginia budget? Here's Sean's breakdown including what was in the governor's original budget and what the final numbers look like. Lunch and Learn - July 13 Mark your calendars for the…

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June 3, 2016 by Linda Frame
Legislature Sends Its Budget to the Governor

Legislature's Bill Likely to Draw Governor's Veto After nearly three weeks of debate on how to close the $270+ million budget gap, the House and Senate agreed on legislation Thursday that would raise no new revenues and draw heavily from the state's Rainy Day Fund. Governor Tomblin has promised to veto any such bill and…

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May 20, 2016 by Linda Frame
First Week on Budget Special Session Wraps Up

Today the West Virginia legislature wraps up its first week of work on passing a state budget. The most notable accomplishment was the Senate passage of SB 1005 which would raise the tobacco tax by 45-cents/pack. The bill was read for the first time in the House today. During the Senate debate on the measure,…

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April 1, 2016 by Linda Frame
No Joke: Eight Ways to Help Balance the Budget

Eight Ways Legislators Can Balance the Budget West Virginia does not yet have a budget for the upcoming fiscal year which starts on July 1. Governor Tomblin is expecting to call legislators in for a special session but no date has been announced. At issue is how to bridge the $239 million budget shortfall. The…

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March 4, 2016 by Linda Frame
One Week Left in Session and So Much To Report

With One Week to Go, Important Bills Still Under Consideration Today the House Finance Committee ended any hopes of raising the state's tobacco tax this session. The Senate had passed a $1/pack increase but after reducing it back to the governor's proposed 45-cents/pack, the House Finance Committee failed to pass the bill. Some delegates wanted…

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February 19, 2016 by Linda Frame
Protect Your Freedoms! Public Hearing Tomorrow at 9AM

Tomorrow in the House Chamber Legislators have begun their consideration of five pieces of legislation that would call upon Congress to hold a Constitutional Convention. The bills are HB 4449, HB 2424, SCR 4, SCR 10 and HCR 36. Supreme Court Justices and prominent legal scholars on both sides of the aisle agree there is no…

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February 12, 2016 by Linda Frame
2016 Legislative Session Hits Its Half-Way Mark

This Week at the Capitol: Session at Half-Way Mark "Right-to-Work" and Prevailing Wage On Thursday, Governor Tomblin vetoed both the repeal of the prevailing wage and the Right To Work bill. Today, both the House and Senate voted to override both vetoes. Both measures now become law. Drug Testing On Tuesday, the Senate passed SB…

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January 22, 2016 by Linda Frame
Come to the Capitol Thursday and Friday!

Join Us at the Capitol This Week This Thursday, January 28, join us for Kids and Families Day at the state Capitol hosted by the Our Children, Our Future campaign. This is one special day each year when hundreds of everyday kids, families and community leaders make their voices heard. Join us under the Rotunda…

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