Senator Ryan Ferns

On The Legislature Today, Sen. Ryan Ferns and Del. Daryl Cowles react the governor's new plans to balance the 2018 budget. 

Justice's proposal includes increased taxes on soda and cigarettes, along with a smaller hike to the consumer sales tax, but is contingent on lawmakers finding additional cuts. 

Both Majority Leaders believe the plan still places the burden too squarely on the backs of West Virginians and they want to see a reduction in the size of government.

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Lawmakers are 14 days into this legislative session and so far, not a single bill dealing with broadband expansion has been introduced. The issue received attention early last session, but lawmakers say they’re still working on a plan to reach both unserved and underserved areas of West Virginia.

Office of Ohio Governor John R. Kasich

  Republican Ohio Gov. John Kasich is urging West Virginia lawmakers to call for a constitutional convention to pass a federal balanced budget amendment.

At the Charleston statehouse Thursday, the potential 2016 presidential hopeful touted the movement.

Thirty-four states would need to pass resolutions to hold the convention.

To approve an amendment, 38 states would need to ratify it.

Opponents warn a convention could result in unrestrained attempts to change the Constitution.