Jason Pizatella

Federal Shutdown
6:19 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

Governor asking lawmakers to consider legislation in case of future government shutdown

Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss addressing legislators in a Joint Committee on Finance meeting in the House Chamber.
Credit Ashton Marra / West Virginia Public Broadcasting

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.

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.

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W.Va. Turnpike
5:13 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Should the state keep tolls on the W.Va. Turnpike after 2019?

Parkways Authority Board members Bill Seaver and William Cipriani during a meeting in Charleston over the shoulder of General Manager Greg Barr.
Credit Ashton Marra

As the state moves closer to paying off its bond debt associated with the West Virginia Turnpike, lawmakers are starting to consider what to do with the roadway. The ideas being discussed in the halls of the Capitol, however, always make their way a few miles down I-77 to the state Parkways Authority’s headquarters.

A bill originally introduced during the 2013 Legislative Session is being hashed out by legislators during interim meetings. Co-sponsored by Senator Bill Cole of Mercer County, he says it helps diminish the burden on the Turnpike counties.

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State Roads
7:35 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Commission to recommend raising tolls, fees in lieu of raising taxes for roads

State Department of Transportation Secretary Paul Mattox tells his fellow Blue Ribbon Commission members that his agency implemented major cost saving efforts in 2005 and believes there isn't much more they can do in the way of major efficiencies.
Credit Ashton Marra

The Governor’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Highways has spent the past year meeting with consultants, engineers and lobbyists as well as touring the state to hear from the public, in the hopes of finding new ways to fund state roads. Commissioners will send their recommendations to Governor Tomblin by the end of the month, claiming to have found more than $1 billion in new income and savings.

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