Budget http://wvpublic.org en Does W.Va.'s Governor Have Too Much Power? http://wvpublic.org/post/does-wvas-governor-have-too-much-power <p>The question of gubernatorial power in West Virginia was forced into the spotlight after two decisions by Governor Tomblin following the 2014 legislative session; two vetoes, to be more specific. Now lawmakers, the Governor’s Office and even the Attorney General are trying to figure out what’s next for these rejected bills.</p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:42:56 +0000 Ashton Marra 10510 at http://wvpublic.org Does W.Va.'s Governor Have Too Much Power? Miley to House: Prepare for Special Session http://wvpublic.org/post/miley-house-prepare-special-session <p>House Speaker Tim Miley has told members of the West Virginia House of Delegates to prepare for a special session at the end of the week.</p><p>Wednesday Governor Tomblin announced an extension of the budget session which would have ended Thursday.</p><p>Miley told members they will instead put a compromised budget bill to a vote Friday afternoon and adjourn. Then, he believes, the governor will call the extraordinary session.<br /><br />Here is a list of bills Miley said will likely be taken up during that session:</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 20:20:11 +0000 Ashton Marra 8498 at http://wvpublic.org Miley to House: Prepare for Special Session The Three Bills Lawmakers Need to Balance the Budget http://wvpublic.org/post/three-bills-lawmakers-need-balance-budget <p></p><p>Members of the legislature are feeling the backlash of bills that failed on the final night of the session. There are three specific bills that are putting not only this year’s, but also next year’s budgets in jeopardy. Jeopardy of a lowered bond rating, something lawmakers do not want to let happen.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:02:24 +0000 Ashton Marra 8412 at http://wvpublic.org The Three Bills Lawmakers Need to Balance the Budget Update on the Governor's Legislative Agenda, Future Fund, Teacher Raises, & WVCBP's Ted Boettner http://wvpublic.org/post/update-governors-legislative-agenda-future-fund-teacher-raises-wvcbps-ted-boettner <p></p><p></p><p>An update on Governor Tomblin's legislative agenda and members of the Senate Government Organization Committee discuss a House bill that would reform the state Ethics Commission and reduce the number of members it requires. House committees discuss bills from the Senate, including the Future Fund and pay raises for teachers. Ted Boettner of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy about various issues, including taxes, the future fund, and the state budget.</p> Tue, 04 Mar 2014 00:08:44 +0000 Dave Mistich 8015 at http://wvpublic.org Update on the Governor's Legislative Agenda, Future Fund, Teacher Raises, & WVCBP's Ted Boettner Committee Moves Bill to Allow County Employee Pay Increases http://wvpublic.org/post/committee-moves-bill-allow-county-employee-pay-increases <p>A Senate committee Friday approved Senate Bill 379 to remove a salary cap for county employees, if the county finds they have the funds.</p><p>Originally the bill required a 12 percent pay raise, but it was amended to ensure lawmakers weren’t passing an unfunded mandate.</p><p>“We are not voting for an increase for elected officials. We are lifting a cap in which they can work with their own money. So, this is no state money,” Sen. John Unger said during the meeting.</p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:15:04 +0000 Ashton Marra 7535 at http://wvpublic.org Committee Moves Bill to Allow County Employee Pay Increases House Finance Committee Asks Questions About Chemical Leak During DEP Budget Hearing http://wvpublic.org/post/house-finance-committee-asks-questions-about-chemical-leak-during-dep-budget-hearing <p>Cabinet Secretary of the West Virginia DEP Randy Huffman presented the proposed budget to the committee, relating how the organization would deal with the governor’s 7.5 percent cut.<br /><br />Huffman assured there would be no loss in personnel. However, paying the personnel a fair and competitive wage was a challenge.</p><p></p><p><br />Delegate Ron Walters asked how proposed water protection legislation would affect the DEP financially.<br /><br />“We’re doing an inventory, right now,” Huffman said.</p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:18:22 +0000 Aaron Payne 6047 at http://wvpublic.org House Finance Committee Asks Questions About Chemical Leak During DEP Budget Hearing Obama Signs Trillion-Dollar Federal Spending Bill http://wvpublic.org/post/obama-signs-trillion-dollar-federal-spending-bill President Obama signed the $1.1 trillion spending bill into law Friday afternoon, enacting more than 1,500 pages of legislation that received broad support in the House and Senate earlier this week. The expansive bill ensures the U.S. government won't face a potential shutdown until at least October.<p>As <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/01/16/263146441/with-senates-ok-1-1-trillion-spending-bill-heads-to-obama">we reported yesterday</a>, the omnibus spending bill is the result of a compromise brokered in December by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 22:55:10 +0000 Bill Chappell 5743 at http://wvpublic.org House Finance Gets Initial Look at Govenor's Budget Proposal http://wvpublic.org/post/house-finance-gets-initial-look-govenors-budget-proposal <p>With the challenges of a tight budget year ahead, the first goal was immediately understood because balancing the state budget is mandated by the constitution.</p><p></p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:56:40 +0000 Aaron Payne 5323 at http://wvpublic.org House Finance Gets Initial Look at Govenor's Budget Proposal Governor asking lawmakers to consider legislation in case of future government shutdown http://wvpublic.org/post/governor-asking-lawmakers-consider-legislation-case-future-government-shutdown <p>A representative of Governor Tomblin reported to legislators no programs had to be cut and no employees had to be laid off as a result of the federal government shutdown, but with an agreement from Congress that only funds the government through the first of the year, the administration is still worried the state could run into the same issues again.<br /><br />The governor and his staff are now asking state lawmakers to consider taking legislative action to prevent future problems when there’s a lack of federal funding.<br /> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 22:19:43 +0000 Ashton Marra 1421 at http://wvpublic.org Governor asking lawmakers to consider legislation in case of future government shutdown