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Legislative LookAhead: Couldn’t attend? See videos of all four panels

WV Press News Sharing CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The West Virginia Press Association, to assist those who could not attend Friday’s Legislative LookAhead, has compiled the videos from all four panels: Legislative Leadership, Economic Indicators, Workforce and Education. The videos, below, are products of Studio@WVPress, the newspaper industry association’s video production facility.[Read More…]

Legislative LookAhead: Lawmakers must consider ‘demographic cliff’ and declining ‘college-going rate’ when looking at higher education in West Virginia

Expert: Prospective companies want ‘skilled, highly educated workforce’ but lack of teachers, encouragement and costs impact college enrollment By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Education is a main concern for state legislators as they prepare for their 60-day session beginning on Wednesday, but it’s not just K-12[Read More…]

Legislative Lookahead: WVU’s Deskins says West Virginia won’t reach economic prosperity potential unless state gets more people into the workforce

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – West Virginia’s continued short-term economic growth remains uncertain for 2023; however, as the 86th Legislature prepares to convene on Wednesday, there are several indicators that leaders should watch as they guide the state through this economic “turbulence,” according to Dr. John[Read More…]

Legislative LookAhead: Education, West Virginia workforce issues to receive legislative attention

By Steven Allen Adams, Parkersburg News and Sentinel CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  With West Virginia students struggling with reading and math and the state attracting major manufacturers in need of a workforce, lawmakers and stakeholders are looking at addressing these concerns during the 60-day legislative session beginning next week. During the[Read More…]

Legislative LookAhead: West Virginia Legislature leaders agree on need for tax reform

By Steven Allen Adams, Special for The Journal of Martinsburg CHARLESTON, W.Va. —  Leaders of the West Virginia Legislature agree on tax reform, though what that specific tax reform will look like is unclear. Members of the West Virginia press heard from legislative leaders, interest groups and public policy experts[Read More…]

Legislative LookAhead: ‘Impactful’ tax cuts and bold DHHR changes discussed at WV Press Association event

By Roger Adkins, CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Leaders of the West Virginia House and Senate promised “impactful” tax cuts for residents and bold change in the Department of Health and Human Resources during panel discussions Friday at the West Virginia Press Association’s Legislative Lookahead at the Culture Center. Press Association Director[Read More…]

WVU recaps first ‘normal’ semester since 2019, looks ahead to 2023

WVUToday MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia University’s Board of Governors gathered today, kicking off a Commencement weekend of events on the Morgantown campus. “During our meetings through the year, we talk a lot about every detail of the University’s functioning — budgets, facilities, academic programs, employee policies, student recruitment,” President Gordon Gee said. “But each Commencement ceremony[Read More…]

WV Legislative Interims: Committee on Health hears Direct Care Taskforce recommendations on workforce recruitment and retention

By Autumn Shelton, WV Press Association CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The West Virginia Legislature’s Joint Committee on Health on this week heard Direct Care Taskforce recommendations on methods to drive workforce recruitment and retention. Industry experts asked lawmakers to consider policy recommendations geared toward improving overall healthcare-delivery for West Virginians.  Gaylene[Read More…]