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Brad McElhinny
WVMetroNews.com statewide correspondent
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Nick Casey, the governor’s chief of staff, says the administration is already considering whether it would be able to pay the #WVgov’s bills if leaders can’t agree on a budget before the new fiscal year begins. 

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Back then, we asked almost every day – is a budget deal in sight? And the state’s leaders would say “Oh yes, all it will take is a compromise by the other side.”

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Gov. Jim Justice was being joined by legislators in his office at 3:30 p.m. today to sign Senate Bill 386, the Medical Cannabis Act.


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Senate Finance Chairman Mike Hall says the simplest path to a state budget agreement might be the best path.
That doesn’t necessarily mean enough lawmakers agree with Hall to make it happen.

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When Gov. Jim Justice and legislative leaders get serious about a compromise on the #WVgov state budget, the path likely begins with a rewritten tax bill that never saw the light of day during the finale of the regular 60-day session. http://wvmetronews.com/2017/04/17/nuts-and-bolts-of-the-possible-justicesenate-budget-compromise/

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When the clock hits midnight, West Virginia’s state government could have its long-discussed budget. But it’s not likely to be the final version.

The state Senate overwhelmingly passed a broadband bill meant to boost service in rural communities. http://wvmetronews.com/2017/04/07/senate-passes-broadband-bill-carmichael-votes-aye/

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The House of Delegates accepted a technical amendment from the Senate on a medical marijuana bill and sent the bill on to the governor.

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Governor Jim Justice said he stands with the families of disabled youth and senior citizens who benefit from a Medicaid waiver program that helps them pay for in-home care.

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The Senate Education Committee brought back and passed a wide-ranging education bill Thursday morning after seemingly tabling it for good the prior day. The committee also passed the “Tim Tebow bill” to the Senate floor.
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