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Democratic members of the House of Delegates met Tuesday to discuss their priorities for the 2016 legislative session.

House Minority Leader, Tim Miley of Harrison County shared a handful of the issues he says his party will propose during the 2016 session, but also made clear which Republican backed bills Democrats will oppose.

The West Virginia state employee and retiree insurance program is asking the public to weigh in on cuts in benefits it proposed earlier in October.

The Public Employees Insurance Agency said it plans to cut benefits by nearly $83 million for active employees and about $41 million for retirees, primarily through sharply higher deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums.

The head of the West Virginai state employee and retiree insurance program says big cuts in benefits are coming.

Ted Cheatham of the Public Employees Insurance Agency told the organization's finance board Thursday that the cuts are necessary because no additional state funding is expected, and the program's reserve fund is already spent down to the minimum balance.

  Workers covered by the Public Employees Insurance Agency could see reductions in their benefits next year.

The Public Employees Insurance Agency has proposed $40 million in benefits cuts. PEIA executive director Ted Cheatham tells the Charleston Daily Mail that comments gathered during public hearings show workers aren't happy with the changes.