2016 Budget

West Virginia Morning
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On this West Virginia Morning, lawmakers working on a tax-reform plan heard from Gov. Jim Justice. Ashton Marra s following budget negotiations at the Capitol and brings us the latest on discussions between the governor and legislative leaders.

We also preview this week's Inside Appalachia episode and Mountain Stage's Song of the Week.

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State revenue officials say West Virginia didn’t end the 2016 fiscal year quite as badly off as they predicted, but they’re still calling it the worst budget year in decades. 

Department of Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said in a conference call with reporters Friday his office predicted the state would end the 2016 fiscal year at the end of June some $464 million below revenue estimates. 

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In 2013, Governor Tomblin chose to expand the state’s Medicaid program, providing healthcare coverage for 150,000 more West Virginians. Up until this point, Medicaid expansion has had no impact on the state’s budget.

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A new report released by the West Virginia Center on Budget & Policy shows the state’s cuts to Higher Education are among the worst in the country.

The report shows that funding for Higher Education in West Virginia has been cut considerably since the 2007-2008 school year.

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If you are a healthcare provider in West Virginia today – a dentist, doctor, counselor, therapist – and a Medicaid patient comes into your office for treatment, you might not get paid for seeing them. Or the payment will be delayed for…well you don’t actually know how long the payment will be delayed.

This is all due to the state budget crisis.

As the poll results came in the evening of Election Day, it was clear Senate Minority Leader Jeff Kessler would not take the Democratic nomination for governor.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning, we take a look at the house of delegates and their plans to close the budget gap for the 2016 and 2017 fiscal year.

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Lawmakers continue to move forward with legislation to balance this year’s budget, and three of those bills will be up for a vote in the House of Delegates on Monday.

Senate Bills 342, 357, and 360 are all aimed at balancing the 2016 budget.

Governor Tomblin’s budget officials say the state will end the fiscal year in June with a nearly $400 million budget gap and West Virginia lawmakers are constitutionally required to balance the budget each fiscal year.

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On West Virginia Morning we’ll hear some of the debate over the prevailing wage repeal including senator Craig Blair’s take as well as delegate Gary Howell.

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Members of the House of Delegates are still debating a bill that would take money from the Rainy Day Fund to balance the 2016 budget, but it’s a fight over PEIA, the public employee’s health insurance program, that’s stalling the crucial legislation.

Right to Work Bill Takes Center Stage

Jan 15, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, we take a look at an upcoming segment on Inside Appalachia, and differing opinions on the Right to Work bill which is currently being debated by West Virginia Lawmakers.

Lawmakers React to Governor's SOTS Proposals

Jan 14, 2016
West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, We take a look at the first day the 2016 legislative session and proposals laid out in last night’s State of the State address.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin gave his final state of the state address before a Joint Session of the West Virginia Legislature last night. Tomblin spent most of his speech highlighting administrative successes of the past year and previewing some minor pieces of legislation he will ask lawmakers to consider this year.

But, while it was brief, it’s the governor’s budget proposal that’s receiving the most attention from members of the Legislature. The Democratic Governor is asking a Republican Legislature to increase taxes in order to balance not just next year’s budget, but to dig the state out of its current multi-million dollar hole. 

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State officials expect a $353 million deficit for the current budget year as revenues from unearthing coal, oil and natural gas continue to drop.

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A severe decline in the state's severance tax revenues has Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin calling for yet another round of budget cuts for state agencies, as well as other cost saving measures. 

Tomblin announced the cuts through a press release Monday evening. 

The mid-year, across-the-board 4 percent agency cuts combined with a 1 percent decrease in state aid to public schools-- a budget item typically protected from reductions-- will help make up for the projected $250 million deficit expected during the 2016 Fiscal Year.


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West Virginia lawmakers have cleared a budget that relies on almost $23 million in reserves.

  The Republican-led Legislature voted Wednesday on the House-Senate budget agreement. Some votes crossed party lines.

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A conference committee of seven members of the House of Delegates and seven members of the Senate began work Monday on finding compromise in their budget bills. Each chamber approved their own version of the Fiscal Year 2016 budget last week.