Today February 20, 2018

Supreme Court spending controversy triggers shake-up

West Virginia MetroNews statewide correspondent Brad McElhinny reported last Friday, “a rumor has been circulating in recent days that federal authorities have been interviewing (State...

Yesterday February 19, 2018

A way forward in the teacher pay dispute

We have reached critical mass in the teacher/service worker/public employee labor dispute in West Virginia. Thousands of school teachers and service workers rallied Saturday at...

Friday February 16, 2018

Gee cracks down on Greek life… again

In November 2014, WVU freshman Nolan Burch died from alcohol poisoning during pledge hazing at the Kappa Sigma fraternity.  The University responded by suspending all...

Thursday February 15, 2018

Hope fading for business inventory tax repeal

Governor Jim Justice’s plan to phase out the property tax on industrial equipment, machinery and inventory is on life support at the State Legislature.  I’ll...

Wednesday February 14, 2018

Teachers strike appears inevitable (and illegal)

West Virginia is headed toward a teachers strike.  The likelihood of some form of significant protest by the teachers increased yesterday when the House of...

Tuesday February 13, 2018

The great pay raise conundrum

It’s not easy being West Virginia We are a poor state.  We can argue about why we’re poor, but that does not change the fact...

Monday February 12, 2018

Natural gas drilling bill strikes balance among mineral and surface rights holders, drillers

Natural gas production continues to rise in the United States because of increased demand domestically and globally.  Improved technology has made it commercially viable to...

Friday February 9, 2018

State Supreme Court getting close scrutiny by the Legislature

The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals is a powerful institution. The Court presides over the judiciary, one of the three branches of state government. ...

Thursday February 8, 2018

PEIA fix is coming, but a long-term solution is still needed

For years West Virginia school teachers and public employees tacitly approved of the bargain; the pay wasn’t great, but the benefits were pretty good. However,...

Wednesday February 7, 2018

Better deal for teachers, state workers, getting traction at the Capitol

Sentiment is building in the West Virginia House of Delegates to provide teachers and public employees with a bigger pay raise or better health care...

Tuesday February 6, 2018

Justice’s ‘last dollar in’ bill will provide valuable help for job training

One of West Virginia’s most persistent problems is a chronic shortage of skilled workers. A number of factors contribute to this. West Virginia has an...

Monday February 5, 2018

Pro-Life Day: Should WV taxpayers pay for abortion?

Today is Pro-Life Day at the State Capitol.  House and Senate leaders will be presented with petitions whose signatories support the effort to eliminate Medicaid...

Friday February 2, 2018

Teachers in three counties walking out… coming to the Capitol

The West Virginia Legislature can, in fact, walk and chew gum at the same time.  Every day of the 60-day regular session lawmakers are breaking...

Thursday February 1, 2018

Republicans may avoid midterm letdown in WV because of Trump

History demonstrates that off-year elections are frequently a referendum on the President’s popularity. According to The American Presidency Project, the President’s party has lost House...

Wednesday January 31, 2018

Teacher rolling walkouts, complaints, getting lawmakers’ attention

The dissatisfaction among West Virginia school teachers, school staff and public employees over their pay and health insurance is rising from simmer to boil. Much...

Tuesday January 30, 2018

How George Mitchell helped save American energy independence

Do you remember the Arab Oil Embargo of 1973-74?  If you are too young, ask your parents or grandparents about it. They’ll tell you about...

Monday January 29, 2018

Governor Jim Justice’s health and the rumor mill

One of my typical greetings at the State Capitol is, “So, what are you hearing?” which is usually condensed into “whaddya hearin’?”  Often the response...

Friday January 26, 2018

Lawmakers consider rollback of sweetheart pension plan

West Virginia’s Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) uses a specific calculation to determine the annual benefits for retirees. For example, for plan participants retiring after...

Thursday January 25, 2018

West Virginia Lottery pushing legalized sports betting in WV

The West Virginia Lottery wants to get into the sports betting business. The Lottery is having a bill drafted to be introduced in the Legislature...

Wednesday January 24, 2018

Midweek notes from under the Capitol dome

—The much talked about co-tenancy bill should finally come out of bill drafting and be assigned to the House Energy Committee this week. Chairman Bill...

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