Senate Finance Committee hears Commerce, Economic Development budget presentations

By Matt Young, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Senate Finance Committee, on Monday, heard budget proposals from representatives of both the W.Va. Department of Commerce, as well as the W.Va. Department of Economic Development.  James Bailey, cabinet secretary of the Department of Commerce – which encompasses the divisions of Forestry, Labor, and Workforce […]

Justice hosts ‘Town Hall’ event to discuss personal income tax cut proposal

By Matthew Young, RealWV CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Gov. Jim Justice, on Monday, invited the public to his offices in Charleston for a town hall discussion regarding his current tax cut proposal. Joining Justice for the town hall was Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy, and, of course, Babydog.  Donning a facemask due to his recent COVID-19 diagnosis, […]

Department of Education explains Classroom 2 Careers initiative

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Those with the West Virginia Department of Education are preparing students for a wide-range of workforce opportunities, but they can always use extra help – especially from the state’s business and industry leaders.  Clinton Burch, technical education officer for the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE), […]

Senate Workforce Committee passes SB 21 – Wage Record Confidentiality

By Autumn Shelton, West Virginia Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Senate Workforce Committee, on Friday, passed Senate Bill 21 — which requiring certain documents that contain wage records be considered confidential — to the full Senate for a vote. Prior to a vote, the committee heard from West Virginia Press Association Executive Director Don […]

Senate adopts new unemployment restrictions

By Matthew Young, RealWV January 23, 2023 CHARLESTON, W.VA. – The W.Va. Senate, on Monday, passed the Committee Substitute for SB 59 – which seeks to add additional restrictions to, and shorten the length of unemployment benefits.  As explained by Sen. Jack David Woodrum, R-Summers, the Committee Substitute adds two provisions to “to increase the […]