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Carmichael: Senate Tax Plan will Be Base of Budget Compromise

West Virginia Morning
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, Senate President Mitch Carmichael says legislative leaders and the Governor are inching closer to a budget deal that he's "optimistic" can be approved by next week.

Carmichael says that budget deal will be based on a tax reform plan approved in the Senate last week that was voted down twice in the House.

A world-renowned economist visits Marshall University to discuss his success in making universities the economic drivers in states' economies.

Coal production has grown slightly over the past few months in West Virginia, but a new report from Columbia researchers say that bump won't overcome the economic and environmental changes that have strained the industry in the recent past.

Ashton Marra covers the Capitol for West Virginia Public Radio and can be heard weekdays on West Virginia Morning, the station’s daily radio news program. Ashton can also be heard Sunday evenings as she brings you state headlines during NPR’s weekend edition of All Things Considered. She joined the news team in October of 2012.