State Budget http://wvpublic.org en W.Va. Closes Budget Gap Without Extra Steps http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-closes-budget-gap-without-extra-steps <p>State officials say West Virginia closed a gap in the budget and ended the fiscal year in the black.</p><p>The state started June with a $57 million gap in revenue collections.<br /> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 13:29:47 +0000 Associated Press 14674 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Closes Budget Gap Without Extra Steps Legislature Restores More Than $1 Million in Funding to Child & Family Programs http://wvpublic.org/post/legislature-restores-more-1-million-funding-child-family-programs <p><strong>Updated on Wednesday: May 21, 2014 at 1:05 p.m.:</strong></p><p>The State Senate has concurred with the amendment and from the House and has passed the bill. The bill now goes to Governor Tomblin&nbsp;and awaits his signature.</p><p>The Senate passed the bill 30-1. Sen. Herb Snyder was the lone vote against.</p><p><strong>Original Post on</strong>&nbsp;<strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Wednesday: May 21, 2014 at 12:24 p.m.:</strong></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">An amendment unanimously approved by the West Virginia House of Delegates would fully restore more than $1 million in cuts to family and child service programs.</span></p><p>Those cuts came in March as part of a line item veto by Gov. Tomblin. Later, the governor restored about $260,000 of those cuts by taking money from a trust fund to provide future children's programs.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 16:24:18 +0000 Ashton Marra, Beth Vorhees & Dave Mistich 12379 at http://wvpublic.org Legislature Restores More Than $1 Million in Funding to Child & Family Programs Vigil for Funding of Child-Family Programs, 'What's Next, WV?', & Enriching Schools Through the Arts http://wvpublic.org/post/vigil-funding-child-family-programs-whats-next-wv-enriching-schools-through-arts <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0px; font-size: 10px; line-height: normal; font-family: Arial; min-height: 11px;">&nbsp;</p><p style="margin: 0px; line-height: normal; font-family: 'Times New Roman';">Child and family advocates are continuing their push at the statehouse for the restoration of 800 thousand dollars in state funds.&nbsp;<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">West Virginia Center for Civic Life director Betty Knighton and Catherine Moore, an Appalachian Transition Fellow assigned to 'What's Next, WV? speak with Beth Vorhees about the new initiative.&nbsp;</span>An Elkins couple is working to keep storytelling, history and music alive in Appalachia through their work in Randolph County Schools.</p><p> Wed, 21 May 2014 13:00:31 +0000 Dave Mistich 12365 at http://wvpublic.org Vigil for Funding of Child-Family Programs, 'What's Next, WV?', & Enriching Schools Through the Arts Child, Family Advocates Continue Fight Over State Budget http://wvpublic.org/post/child-family-advocates-continue-fight-over-state-budget <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Child and family advocates are not giving up their fight to restore more than $800,000 in funding cut from service programs across the state. A&nbsp;vigil, spearheaded by the Our Children, Our Future campaign, took to the State Capitol Tuesday morning to have their message heard.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Executive Director for the Healthy Kids and Families Coalition Stephen Smith s</span>tood in the lower rotunda of the Capitol surround by fellow social service advocates holding signs. Some contained countless purple ribbons representing families expected to lose services if the cuts aren’t restored, others with 80 pink slips representing the number of jobs expected to be lost.</p><p> Tue, 20 May 2014 19:34:11 +0000 Ashton Marra 12316 at http://wvpublic.org Child, Family Advocates Continue Fight Over State Budget Child Advocates Still Seek Funding Restoration http://wvpublic.org/post/child-advocates-still-seek-funding-restoration <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Child advocates throughout the state are stepping up their campaign to convince Governor Tomblin to restore the budget cuts he made to social services. &nbsp;</p><p>Members of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign have asked to meet with the governor multiple times. Jamie Gudiel who volunteers at a family resource center in Morgantown would like to know why the governor vetoed the funding in the first place.</p><p> Thu, 15 May 2014 18:13:01 +0000 Beth Vorhees 12038 at http://wvpublic.org Child Advocates Still Seek Funding Restoration Gov. Tomblin Restores Some Social Services Funding Cuts http://wvpublic.org/post/gov-tomblin-restores-some-social-services-funding-cuts <p>Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin&nbsp;has announced he's restoring funding to some West Virginia social services programs that he previously cut.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tomblin wrote to state Senate President Jeff Kessler and House Speaker Tim Miley on Wednesday that the restored funding includes $150,000 for an in-home family education program, $80,000 for child abuse prevention and $30,000 for a domestic violence legal services fund.</span></p><p></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 19:27:01 +0000 Associated Press & Dave Mistich 11583 at http://wvpublic.org Gov. Tomblin Restores Some Social Services Funding Cuts Child Advocates Seek Funding Restoration http://wvpublic.org/post/child-advocates-seek-funding-restoration <p></p><p> Child advocates are beginning a campaign to convince Governor Tomblin to restore the cuts he made in his line-item veto of the state budget.</p><p> When he made his initial budget proposal to the legislature in January, the governor cut over one million dollars in funding for organizations that provide programs to address domestic violence, child abuse prevention, family resource centers, child advocacy centers and in home family education programs.</p> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 12:30:01 +0000 Beth Vorhees 10840 at http://wvpublic.org Child Advocates Seek Funding Restoration W.Va. Officials Say Budget Gap will be Filled http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-officials-say-budget-gap-will-be-filled <p>A gap in the state budget is growing, but West Virginia revenue officials say it will be filled by the end of the fiscal year in June.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:55:09 +0000 Associated Press 9674 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Officials Say Budget Gap will be Filled Child Advocacy Groups Question Budget, Holocaust Survivor Dr. Edith Levy and Her Life's Work http://wvpublic.org/post/child-advocacy-groups-question-budget-holocaust-survivor-dr-edith-levy-and-her-lifes-work <p></p><p>Child advocacy groups question Gov. Tomblin's budget prioroties. Our Story of the Jews radio series continues with Dr. Edith Levy, a survivor of the Holocaust who's lived in Morgantown since the 1950s, recalls her life and work in reminding people of the harsh realities of what happened.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:34:44 +0000 Dave Mistich 9096 at http://wvpublic.org Child Advocacy Groups Question Budget, Holocaust Survivor Dr. Edith Levy and Her Life's Work Gov. Tomblin Cuts or Vetoes Nearly $67 Million in Budget http://wvpublic.org/post/gov-tomblin-cuts-or-vetoes-nearly-67-million-budget <p>The budget bill signed Thursday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin makes line item vetoes and cuts totaling nearly $67 million. Programs affected include those for seniors, children, libraries, State Police, higher education workforce development, and the newly formed Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission.</p><p>In a letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant dated Wednesday, March 19, Tomblin outlined 42 objections to the budget that was passed by the legislature last week.</p><p><strong> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:53:56 +0000 Dave Mistich 8919 at http://wvpublic.org Gov. Tomblin Cuts or Vetoes Nearly $67 Million in Budget Gov. Tomblin Signs Budget that Taps Reserves http://wvpublic.org/post/gov-tomblin-signs-budget-taps-reserves <p></p><p>West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed a budget that dips into millions of dollars in state reserves.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Tomblin approved next year's budget Wednesday with some vetoes and reductions. It's not immediately clear which spending items were deleted or lessened.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 20 Mar 2014 14:48:31 +0000 Associated Press 8904 at http://wvpublic.org Gov. Tomblin Signs Budget that Taps Reserves W.Va. Lawmakers Pass Budget Relying on Reserves http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-lawmakers-pass-budget-relying-reserves <p></p><p>West Virginia lawmakers have passed a budget that dips into millions of dollars in reserves and gives public employees raises.<br />&nbsp;<br />The Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 77-18 Friday to pass next year's budget. The bill would take $147 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall.<br />&nbsp; Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:18:01 +0000 Associated Press 8612 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Lawmakers Pass Budget Relying on Reserves W.Va. Budget Deal Reached After Days of Debate http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-budget-deal-reached-after-days-debate <p></p><p>The House and Senate have come to an agreement on the state's budget for the next fiscal year.&nbsp;The process was stalled earlier in the week.</p><p><br />Negotiations between legislative leadership and the governor centered on two issues: how much money to pull from the state Attorney General's Consumer Protection Fund and how&nbsp;much money they could use to expand the Aged and Disabled Waiver Program for seniors.</p><p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 23:01:08 +0000 Ashton Marra 8585 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Budget Deal Reached After Days of Debate Another Tough Budget Year, Climate Change Research, & Huntington Revitalizes Fairfield Area http://wvpublic.org/post/another-tough-budget-year-climate-change-research-huntington-revitalizes-fairfield-area <p></p><p>Lawmakers try to make sense of the state budget in the absence of a few bills that Senator Roman Prezioso says needed to pass but didn't. Climate change researchers Lonnie and Ellen Thompson warn their audience about the carbon footprint we're making. One area of Huntington will soon see demolition and construction that could go a long way towards changing the city’s reputation.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 14:25:01 +0000 Dave Mistich 8403 at http://wvpublic.org Another Tough Budget Year, Climate Change Research, & Huntington Revitalizes Fairfield Area W.Va. Lawmakers Finalizing Budget, Tapping Reserves http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-lawmakers-finalizing-budget-tapping-reserves <p></p><p>West Virginia lawmakers are working out kinks in a budget that gives public workers raises and digs into reserves.<br />&nbsp;<br />The House of Delegates and Senate are meeting this week to finalize the state spending plan for next fiscal year.<br />&nbsp;House of Delet Mon, 10 Mar 2014 19:51:06 +0000 Associated Press 8354 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Lawmakers Finalizing Budget, Tapping Reserves WV Morning: Legislative Coverage, Brain Research, and Del McCoury http://wvpublic.org/post/wv-morning-legislative-coverage-brain-research-and-del-mccoury <p>On this West Virginia Morning, the Senate deals with minimum wage, the budget, and fracking waste while the House considers construction worker safety. We also have a special report on brain research from West Virginia University. And the Del McCoury Band is our featured musical guest in this week's Mountain Stage Song of the Week.</p><p></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 13:40:41 +0000 Glynis Board 8213 at http://wvpublic.org WV Morning: Legislative Coverage, Brain Research, and Del McCoury The Water Protection Bill, State Budget, Healthcare Lobbyist Thom Stevens, & More http://wvpublic.org/post/water-protection-bill-state-budget-healthcare-lobbyist-thom-stevens-more <p>The House passed the Water Resources Protection and Management Act on Wednesday. The Senate passes their version of the budget bill and calls for $125 million to be used from the Rainy Day Fund. Healthcare lobbyist Thom Stevens outlines some of the more than 200 bills this session relating to healthcare, including the late-term abortion bill and a bill that would make pseudoephedrine available by&nbsp; prescription only.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:15:02 +0000 Dave Mistich 8222 at http://wvpublic.org The Water Protection Bill, State Budget, Healthcare Lobbyist Thom Stevens, & More Senate Budget Uses $125 Million from Rainy Day Fund http://wvpublic.org/post/senate-budget-uses-125-million-rainy-day-fund <p></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:39:56 +0000 Ashton Marra 8194 at http://wvpublic.org Senate Budget Uses $125 Million from Rainy Day Fund Senators Remove Across the Board Teacher Pay Raise http://wvpublic.org/post/senators-remove-across-board-teacher-pay-raise <div><p></p><p>Members of the Senate Finance Committee Friday morning voted to remove language from a bill increasing teachers' salaries by $1,000 across the board.</p><p></p><p>Members of the Senate Education Committee voted last week to increase the raise from the initial 2 percent promised by Governor Tomblin during his State of the State Address in January.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 16:26:59 +0000 Ashton Marra 7508 at http://wvpublic.org Senators Remove Across the Board Teacher Pay Raise W.Va. Statehouse at Odds on Budget http://wvpublic.org/post/wva-statehouse-odds-budget <p></p><p>The House of Delegates and Senate are at odds on how best to balance West Virginia's budget.<br />&nbsp;<br />Senate propositions to raise sales and cigarette taxes were dismissed by the House in a closed meeting Thursday.<br />&nbsp; Thu, 20 Feb 2014 20:47:13 +0000 Associated Press 7462 at http://wvpublic.org W.Va. Statehouse at Odds on Budget