THE BACK PEW–Quick rundown of which bills passed & which ones failed

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV March 16, 2023 The WV Legislature adjourned at midnight on March 11. Here’s a quick rundown of several bills we’ve been watching the last two months, along with whether the bill passed or failed.  TAX CUT. Passed. Citizens will see a 21.25% reduction in income taxes. Rebates will also be available […]

Delegates defeat ‘dark money’ bill, before changing course to pass it  

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV At 3:25pm on Friday, the House of Delegates voted 61-35 to reject SB508. The bill increases how much money lobbying groups can raise without publicly reporting their donors. By 5:06pm, delegates reconsidered their previous action and voted 49-41 to approve the bill.  SB508 was sponsored by Senator Mike Azinger. It passed […]

Senators pass bill capping ‘deliberate intent’ damages in workplace accidents

By Brad McElhinny, WV Metronews March 10, 2023 With continued questions and pushback, senators passed a bill to limit non-economic damages in cases where injured workers can prove deliberate intent by employers who cut corners on safety. “Deliberate intent is the worst of the worst cases,” said Senator Laura Wakim Chapman, R-Ohio, arguing against the bill. […]

BACK PEW–Breaking down the details

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV March 8, 2023 Last week, I wrote at length about how politics has become a performance. Right on cue, our leaders proceeded to hold a balloon drop photo op to celebrate a tax cut and pay raise for public employees…while quietly giving themselves a much larger raise and increasing employee insurance […]

Local students make plan to kick vaping

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV March 5, 2023 Two weeks before COVID hit West Virginia, a group of Greenbrier East High School students presented a lesson plan to combat opioid use to the WV Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Clayton Burch. He loved it, and wanted to take it statewide. The pandemic hit the pause button on […]

BACK PEW–Lights, camera, action!

By Stephen Baldwin, RealWV March 1, 2023 With 10 days to go in this legislative session, we’ve learned several important lessons about the state of our state.  One, money still runs the show. Despite broken personal relationships, the House, Senate, and Governor compromised on the largest tax cut in state history…so they can say, “We […]

Fishing tournament organizers take issue with new DNR rules

By Chris Lawrence, WV Metronews Several of the largest bass tournament fishing organizations in the state are taking issue with new rules issued by the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources regarding tournament size in West Virginia. Ken Hackworth, President of BASS Nation West Virginia addressed their concerns to the Natural Resources Commission in Charleston back […]