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Under Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota raised taxes on high-income households - taking an approach opposite to what many West Virginia lawmakers favor. But Minnesota is growing much faster than the national average. (Gov. Mark Dayton's office)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia lawmakers are looking at flattening or phasing out state income taxes. But the state of Minnesota increased taxes on the wealthy, and their economy is booming. Several states, including Kansas and Wisconsin, have slashed taxes on higher income households in hopes

Rep. Alex Mooney of West Virginia's 2nd District has been criticized for not spending time in his district. He is expected to skip a town hall in South Charleston this week. (Mooney for Congress)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – ***Update - Organizers say Senator Joe Manchin has now agreed to attend. *** Organizers still hope to see West Virginia's U.S. senators and congressional representatives at a town hall in South Charleston Thursday night, although none has said he or she will attend. Cath

Comments from the public moved several Republican lawmakers in West Virginia to break with their party and vote against a controversial pollution bill. (W. Va. Legislature)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Bill 2506 - nicknamed the "Cancer Creek Bill" by its critics - passed the West Virginia House of Delegates last week, but not before a public outcry pushed several delegates to oppose it. The bill would permit more pollution in surface waters by changing how the state me

Economic growth in Kansas has slowed since that state started to phase out its income tax. Observers say it's a cautionary tale for West Virginia lawmakers considering the same path. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – West Virginia lawmakers are considering getting rid of the state income tax, even while other states seem to be moving in the opposite direction. The governor and some legislative leaders say they want to replace the income tax with consumption taxes, such as sales taxes

New mother Sarah Starks says the Promise Scholarship kept her in the state and shouldn't be cut. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The children's advocacy group Our Children Our Future is releasing its annual legislative priority list. Some items focus on programs at risk in the state's budget crisis. Lawmakers are facing a shortfall of more than $500 billion for next year. And the West Virginia Ce

Resettlement groups such as the West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministries are considering what to do in light of President Trump's travel ban. (WV IRM)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- President Trump's executive order barring refugees is sparking confusion in West Virginia and around the country. In Charleston, Interfaith Refugee Ministries has been preparing to accept Syrian families. Paul Sheridan, a volunteer with the group, said they'd just received cle

An estimated 3,000 people were at the State Capitol in Charleston on Saturday to voice their support for women's reproductive rights and issues of equality and social justice. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. — The weekend's Women's March was bigger than organizers expected, and now West Virginia pro-choice advocates say they'll be relying on "people power" to protect choice in a difficult political environment. With Republicans in control in the White House, Congress and the s

Critics of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline say its path is dangerously prone to landslides. (Malcolm Cameron/the Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Federal regulators are taking a favorable view of the huge Atlantic Coast Pipeline. But research by a citizen group has found that they are largely ignoring the risk of landslides. Three quarters of the pipeline's West Virginia path and nearly 30 percent of its path in Virgini

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