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Statehouse Beat: More on prevailing wage gap

Beginning Wednesday, the state’s prevailing wage law will go into hiatus as the old law expires at midnight, and a new method for calculating wages for construction workers on state-funded projects of $500,000 or more is not expected to be...

Statehouse Beat: More on prevailing wage gap

Beginning Wednesday, the state’s prevailing wage law will go into hiatus as the old law expires at midnight, and a new method for calculating wages for construction workers on state-funded projects of $500,000 or more is not expected to be...

Statehouse Beat: Justice putting millions into Greenbrier Classic

This week’s Greenbrier Classic PGA tournament will again put a national spotlight on West Virginia, with Greenbrier resort owner Jim Justice again spending millions of his own money to make the event possible.

I heard that message...

Statehouse Beat: State makes payment to Old White for golf tourney
Statehouse Beat: State makes payment to Old White for golf tourney

Like clockwork, the state has made its first payment this month — of $500,000 — to Old White Charities, the non-profit organization that operates the Greenbrier Classic PGA golf tournament, for a prime sponsorship of the 2015 edition of...

Statehouse Beat: Revitalizing state’s racing industry a big job

To say that the new Racing Commission committee appointed to come up with ways to revitalize thoroughbred and greyhound racing in the state has a daunting task is a true understatement.

As state Greyhound Owners and Breeders Association...

Statehouse Beat: Reaction to prevailing wage legislation could be new low

The gang that couldn’t legislate straight could have its most ignominious moment yet, if it follows through on threats last week to file suit to block implementation of its own legislation.

That was one of the options authorized last week ...

Statehouse Beat: Business inventory tax removal a hard sale

Patti Hamilton, executive director of the West Virginia Association of Counties, last week pulled back the curtain to expose one of the major sticking points with what seems to be a key target of Republican tax reformers: eliminating the inventory tax,...

Statehouse Beat: Security perimeter still controversial

Compared to other state construction projects, new security improvements for the Capitol Complex will be only a fraction of the cost, but could cause 100 times more consternation.

McClanahan Construction, of Poca, is the apparent low-bidder for...

Statehouse Beat: Wealthy candidates could dominate 2016 governor’s race

I guess it should not come as a surprise that, in one of the poorest states in the nation, the 2016 governor’s race could conceivably pit a millionaire against a billionaire.

If that comes to be — and it’s early yet,...

Statehouse Beat: Lawmakers told not to make grant funding requests

With funding zeroed out for Community Participation Partnership Grants in the 2015-16 state budget, legislative leadership is discouraging members from submitting any requests for funding except for true emergencies this year – which...

Statehouse Beat: There is such thing as free lunch

More mining of lobbyists’ spending reports filed with the Ethics Commission:

As has been the trend in the past few years, hosting catered lunches at the Capitol has supplanted evening receptions as the most popular (and cost-effective...

Statehouse Beat: Lobbyist expenditures hit record

There may be new faces in leadership positions in the Legislature, and new attitudes on policies and issues, but from lobbyists’ perspectives, the party went on as usual during the 2015 regular session.

The leadership may have changed in...

Statehouse Beat: Cash-strapped counties can’t absorb another tax cut
Statehouse Beat: Cash-strapped counties can’t absorb another tax cut

Although today marks only the second major meeting of the legislative Select Committee on Fair Taxation, many observers believe that among the taxes subject to the committee’s slashing will be personal property taxes on business inventory and...

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