“The EPA has been in control of this site for more than 25 years and the ball is still in their court,” said Governor Justice. “Representatives of our Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) have been actively involved with the EPA for the last six months to get answers because the health and safety of West Virginians is a priority for me.”
A House of Delegates committee passed a bill Tuesday evening to restructure the state’s Department of Health and Human Resources, an agency that Del. Amy Summers, R-Taylor, has described as an “unmanageable bureaucracy.”
Harrison County Commission President Ron Watson, who attended the three-day conference with a delegation from his county, said the corrections consolidations bills, House Bill 4338 and Senate Bill 369 in particular, could have a big impact back home.
The stalemate on several issues is moving teachers closer to some kind of statewide action, West Virginia Education Association Dale Lee said.
“Unless things change we’re headed toward a work action,” Lee said Tuesday during an appearance on MetroNews “Talkline.” “We have to discuss all of our possibilities and all of the avenues we would take and make the decision to go from there.”
Members of the West Virginia House of Delegates voted nearly unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill that would give teachers, school service personnel and state police a 2 percent raise in July, with further raises down the road.
Despite many delegates dismissing a 2 percent pay raise package as inadequate or merely symbolic, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed its pay increase proposal for teachers, school service personnel and other state employees on a 98-1 vote Tuesday.
The day after a West Virginia Department of Education presentation revealed that 38 percent of public school math courses in grades seven through 11 are taught by “non-fully certified teachers,” the House of Delegates passed 50-48 a bill that would lower requirements to become an alternatively certified teacher.
WASHINGTON – The budget that President Donald Trump proposed Monday takes a hard whack at the poorest Americans, slashing billions of dollars from food stamps, public health insurance and federal housing vouchers, while trying to tilt the programs in more conservative directions.