February 18, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Lack of Support for Colleges Cements Decline

Beckley Register-Herald - State legislators, past and present, who have voted to undercut support of public education should be embarrassed. Public funding for our colleges and universities in West Virginia has been trimmed consistently over the past decade just as both the state’s students and its economy have needed a hand up. Read the full…

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February 10, 2022 by WVCBP
EDITORIAL: The Good, the Bad and the Stupid 4

The Dominion Post, Yahoo News - Feb. 10—We're running our weekly roundup a little early this week, and we'll mostly be focusing on the "good " and the "stupid " today. The "bad " will come tomorrow. Without further ado, let's take a look at what the Legislature has been up to. Read the full…

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February 8, 2022 by WVCBP
Senate Passes Unemployment Bills in Contested Vote

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The West Virginia Senate passed two bills significantly altering the state’s unemployment system in a contested vote on Tuesday. Republican lawmakers advanced Senate Bill 3, which would place new requirements on job-seekers, on a party-line vote. Senate Bill 2, which would cut the state’s paid unemployment benefits from 26 to 12 weeks,…

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February 8, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Personal Income Tax Repeal Facing Legality Questions

Charleston Gazette-Mail, Huntington Herald Dispatch - The West Virginia House Finance Committee passed a personal income tax repeal phase-out bill in about three minutes Monday, but the legislation still faces an uphill fight. Read the full article. With no discussion or questions asked of counsel, committee members passed House Bill 4007, which first would implement…

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February 7, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Controversial Changes to WV Unemployment Proposed

WVNSTV - West Virginia lawmakers are considering bills that could drastically change unemployment benefits in the state. Read the full article. Supporters of the idea, say they’re just trying to get more people back to work. A lot of the unemployment concerns stem from the impact of COVID-19. Some businesses were hit hard in the…

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February 7, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Blair Promotes Changes to Unemployment Benefits as Senate Bills Near Passage

West Virginia MetroNews - The state Senate is on the verge of passing two bills that would make major changes to the unemployment safety net in West Virginia. Read the full article. Senate President Craig Blair feels so strongly about the bills that he came down from his usual spot presiding over the chamber today…

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February 4, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Unemployment Bills Set for Senate Vote Tuesday

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The state Senate is poised to slash unemployment benefits and tighten the process for people to prove they’re seeking work at a time when West Virginia’s unemployment rate is at a record low. Senate Bill 2 would cut the state’s paid unemployment benefits from 26 to 12 weeks, based on the current…

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February 1, 2022 by Kelly Allen
Full Senate to Consider Bill Reducing Length of Unemployment Eligibility

West Virginia MetroNews - After a lot of starts and stops, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed out a bill that would limit the period West Virginians are eligible for unemployment benefits. Read the full article. Today was the third day for the committee to consider the bill. Part of the complication was an amendment proposed…

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January 31, 2022 by Sean O'Leary
Joe Manchin, Budget, and Girl Scout Cookies on This Week’s Episode of Inside West Virginia Politics

WOWK TV - On this week’s episode of Inside West Virginia Politics, co-hosts Mark Curtis and Amanda Barren talk to people about infrastructure, Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement, the annual Budget Breakfast, and Girl Scout cookies. Watch the full segment. In Segment One, Mark Curtis sits down with Rep. David McKinley (R-WV) to talk about the $6 billion that is coming to West Virginia.…

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