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Reporters Recap Week of Budget Talks, Contentious Legislation and What’s to Come in the Final Hours


We're potentially just one vote away from having a budget sent to Gov. Jim Justice. It's been a week of early mornings, late evenings and the passage and failure of some notable legislation – and a call for a special session. We’ll bring you the latest in our weekly reporter roundtable.

Brad McElhinny of WV MetroNews and Jake Zuckerman of the Charleston Gazette-Mail join host Suzanne Higgins to discuss the week’s action. Here are highlights from the interview:

  • We outline the current look of the Budget Bill (HB 2020)
    • Pay raises for teachers?
    • Monies for both higher and public education?
    • Monies for secondary roads – Special Road Repair Fund?
    • Tax cuts?
    • Surplus monies
    • Jim’s Dream
  • Criminal justice legislation
  • Resolutions in the House to remove Del. Mike Caputo, D-Marion, from the House of Delegates and another to censure him for the remainder of the session – both resolutions were tabled
  • HB 2010 – overhaul of foster care system – passed in the Senate
  • Final Hours of the 2019 West Virginia Legislative session

On Saturday evening, Mar. 8, 2019, we’ll bring you a live broadcast from the Capitol, beginning at 8:00 p.m. and ending at midnight when the gavel falls on the 84th West Virginia Legislature.

Liz McCormick is WVPB's Eastern Panhandle and education reporter/producer. Liz is a native of Charleston, West Virginia and received her B.A. in Communications from Shepherd University in 2014. The WVPB Eastern Panhandle news bureau is based in Shepherdstown on Shepherd's campus. You can connect with Liz via email at emccormick@wvpublic.org or on Twitter @LizMcCormickWV