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March 8, 2019 by WVCBP
Bill Expanding Medicaid for Pregnant Women Passes in House

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The House of Delegates on Friday passed a bill expanding health care coverage to low-income pregnant women. Read full article. Senate Bill 546 passed in the House with a 97-3 vote. Delegates Tom Fast, R-Fayette; Pat McGeehan, R-Hancock; and Marshall Wilson, R- Berkeley, voted against the bill. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Tom…

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March 7, 2019 by WVCBP
Senate Finance Advances Coal Severance Tax Cut, Despite Doubts of its Effectiveness

Charleston Gazette-Mail - Despite a surfeit of testimony indicating that a cut in the severance tax on steam coal will not have significant impact in making West Virginia coal price competitive with other states or with natural gas, the Senate Finance Committee advanced legislation to phase down the tax from 5 percent to 3 percent over…

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March 6, 2019 by WVCBP
Senate Finance Passes 3-Year Steam Coal Tax Cut

West Virginia Metro News, Morgantown Dominion-Post - The Senate Finance Committee approved a stretched-out, slowed-down version of the bill to reduce the severance tax on steam coal from 5 percent to 3 percent. Read full article. The committee also approved one of the two House bills aimed at gathering money to cap orphaned oil and gas…

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February 28, 2019 by WVCBP
W.Va. House Passes Bill to Reduce Coal Severance Tax

West Virginia Public Broadcasting - The West Virginia House passed a bill Wednesday that would reduce the severance tax paid on coal burned for electricity. Read/Listen. House Bill 3142 passed on an 88-11 vote after contentious debate on the floor. Long sought by industry, the legislation would reduce the severance tax paid by coal companies on…

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February 28, 2019 by WVCBP
Could Fast-Moving Tax-Cut Proposal Blow WV Budget?

West Virginia Public News Service - Critics of a proposal rushing through the House of Delegates say it could blow a hole in West Virginia's state budget by using one-time money to pay for permanent tax cuts that mostly help those who are well off. Read full article. House Bill 3137 would create a fund where…

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February 28, 2019 by WVCBP
Dave Peyton: What’s the Holdup on Medical Marijuana?

Huntington Herald-Dispatch - It has been almost two years since Gov. Jim Justice signed West Virginia's medical cannabis law. Read full op-ed. Then why do we not have medical marijuana available in West Virginia? It's available across the Ohio River in Ohio. The West Virginia Legislature and state government officials are dragging their feet? Why? After…

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February 26, 2019 by WVCBP
Expert Talks About West Virginia’s Economic Comeback

WTAP-TV - An expert on budget and policy comes to Parkersburg to talk about whether West Virginia's economy is rebounding after the Great Recession. Watch. Ted Boettner is the executive director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy. He came to the Parkersburg City Building Monday night to talk about West Virginia's economic outlook.…

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February 26, 2019 by WVCBP
Groups Speak Out Against Medicaid Work Bill

WV Metro News - A bill in the House of Delegates that would result in work requirements for people on Medicaid has sparked much debate. Read full article. Groups in the state are coming out against HB 3136, that originated in the House Finance Committee last week. “It will cost us millions in administrative costs,” Kat…

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February 26, 2019 by WVCBP
Medicaid Work Requirements Bill Heads to House Floor

Charleston Gazette-Mail - The House of Delegates is set to vote on a bill that would require Medicaid recipients to work, train, volunteer or — as amended Monday evening — attend drug treatment for 20 hours a week in order to keep their health care coverage. Read full article. House Bill 3136 is scheduled for third…

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