Brad McElhinny, Author at WV MetroNews

Today February 27, 2020

Justice ‘will not support a budget’ that doesn’t eliminate waitlist for disabled

Senate's proposal adds $10 million to program but Justice wants $20 million to eliminate waitlist.

Debate over intermediate court hits the House of Delegates, again

House Judiciary to take up measure Friday morning; public hearing airs views.

Yesterday February 26, 2020

Senate’s budget would spend less than governor proposed; halves the increase for IDD waivers

The budget the Senate is proposing is $4.558 billion.

Senate passes bill specifying no racial discrimination based on hairstyles

Bill was inspired by a young athlete from Beckley who was barred from basketball participation because of his dreadlocks.

W.Va. Senate considers almost 60 bills on ‘Crossover Day’

Almost 60 bills up for consideration in Senate on deadline day to move legislation to House of Delegates.

Tuesday February 25, 2020

Senate passes Medicaid reserve fund bill

Some senators ask if state has immediate needs for money, but bill passes unanimously.

Tax overhaul resolution falls short in state Senate

Passage required a two-thirds majority vote.

Senate passes bill offering a tax break for aging coal-fired power plants

Operators seeking the tax relief would promise to keep the power plant open until 2025.

Monday February 24, 2020

Senators narrowly pass tax overhaul bill, but delay difficult hurdle on accompanying resolution

Package would cut property taxes for manufacturers and vehicles but raise sales taxes and tobacco taxes.

House passes bill allowing state oversight of big development projects in very small towns

Bill passes 88-11 but goes back to Senate to resolve differences.

Friday February 21, 2020

Proposed referendum is defeated as Tourism Development Districts move toward passage

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A delegate who represents an area where a “Tourism Development District” could be established proposed a local referendum for such decisions. But...

After long debate, House overwhelmingly approves investment fund

Bill has been a priority of House Speaker Hanshaw.

Delegates swing for fences with resolution to keep minor league baseball

Resolution says proposal to cut teams is ill-conceived.

Superintendent Paine’s retirement is effective immediately

Agenda for emergency meeting says a superintendent will be appointed.

Wednesday February 19, 2020

Senate, too, moves bill providing tax breaks for aging, struggling coal-fired power plants

Most coal-fired power plants will be retiring over next decade, senators are told.

Delegates get a pep talk on startups from Intuit’s Brad Smith

Tech leader is latest speaker for delegates aiming to diversify West Virginia economy.

Move to eliminate funding for W.Va. greyhound racing wipes out in final turn

A handful of Senate's Republicans join all the Democrats to vote down the bill.

SSAC continues to examine chaotic game that prompted ‘thugs’ comments

Game video and surveillance video show more details about what happened.

Tuesday February 18, 2020

House again considers tax breaks for aging, struggling coal-fired power plants

Bill could have an estimated $16 million state revenue repercussion.

Delegates express alarm over Fairmont hospital closure

In floor speeches about hospital, delegates say they have reached out to Governor Justice for help.

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