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State senator’s proposed tobacco tax hike would pay for community college tuition
State senator’s proposed tobacco tax hike would pay for community college tuition

Sen. Jeff Kessler wants to make community and technical college in West Virginia free for qualifying students, a promise he said can be funded by raising the state’s tobacco tax.

On Monday, the Marshall County Democrat told the Gazette-...

Capitol notebook: Tomblin orders flags lowered to honor slain Tenn. servicemen

Gov. Tomblin orders flags lowered

In a press release issued Tuesday, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered all U.S. and state flags on all state-owned facilities lowered effective immediately through sunset on Saturday in honor of the victims of the...

Capitol Notebook: Capito votes down law that would protect LGBT students

A federal law that would have protected lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender public school students from bullying and harassment was voted down last week by 45 Republican senators, including Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

The law, proposed ...

Lawmaker outlines group’s plans for 2016 session

Liberty Caucus says repealing Common Core, passing gun bill among priorities

Morrisey, Cole aim to lead together, support each others’ candidacy
Morrisey, Cole aim to lead together, support each others’ candidacy

Candidate hopes to continue work started in 2014 with attorney general

Treasurer announces $9 million unclaimed property return

West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue has announced a $9 million unclaimed property return for this year, totaling $2 million higher than prior fiscal year reports.

Perdue attributed the increase in claims to the Unclaimed Property Division...

GOP lawmakers subpoena records in prevailing wage spat

Legislative leaders ask agency for emails regarding process behind wage structure

Hiring freeze, cuts help W.Va. end fiscal year in the black

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A hiring freeze and budget cuts have helped West Virginia end the fiscal year with a small surplus.

General revenue collections for the fiscal year that ended Tuesday were about $60 million below estimates. A mid-...

Complications ahead as prevailing wage rate expires

Officials won’t delay deadline, meaning there will be a hiatus until new wages set

Tax reform panel hears discussion on exemptions, TIF districts and industry taxes

Delegate says an all-encompassing redo unlikely

Senate minority leader says it’s time for LGBT protections in housing, jobs

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on Friday striking down same-sex marriage bans across the country, it still remains legal in many states to fire someone or deny them housing just for being lesbian, gay or transgender.


W.Va. leaders don’t love road tax hike; some won’t rule it out

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia leaders aren’t thrilled by suggestions to raise taxes, tolls and fees to fix the state’s roughed-up roads, particularly as they approach a feisty election year.

But with federal...

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