West Virginia sees public pension improvements over decade, but still largely underfunded

By WV Watchdog on February 21, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Out of all 50 states, West Virginia saw the largest improvement in its public employee pension funds, but a new report warns that the state has more to do to sure up its pension programs.
The Cato Institute, a libertarian think tank based in Washington, D.C. released […]

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Gov. Tomblin signs West Virginia OPEB funding bill (video)

By WV Watchdog on February 20, 2012

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signs SB469, providing a funding mechanism for West Virginia’s $5 billion OPEB debt. (Photo/Steven Allen Adams)
By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a bill making West Virginia the first state to deal with its multi-billion dollar retiree health […]

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West Virginia House of Delegates passes Gov. Tomblin’s fix for OPEB (audio)

By westvirginia on February 9, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — If senators agree with changes to the legislation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin can add finding funding for the state’s multi-billion dollar retiree health care debt to his list of successes since officially becoming Governor in November.
The West Virginia House of Delegates passed SB469, Gov. Tomblin’s proposal […]

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House Republicans raise concerns about bill paying down West Virginia’s OPEB debt

By westvirginia on February 8, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Republicans in the West Virginia House of Delegates tried to amend Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin‘s legislation to pay down the state’s retiree health care debt after raising concerns about the bill’s specifics.
House Republicans offered five amendments to SB469, with all five failing. Two failed by voice […]

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West Virginia Senate passes Gov. Tomblin’s OPEB fix (audio)

By westvirginia on February 1, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — The West Virginia Senate put Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s public retiree health care funding proposal on the fast track to full passage by the Legislature later this week.
The state Senate suspended the rules requiring a bill be read on three separate days before passage and sent […]

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Tomblin’s plan to pay down West Virginia’s public employee retiree health care debt gets introduced (audio)

By westvirginia on January 31, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — This could be the year that West Virginia finally deals with its multi-billion dollar retiree health care debt.
A bill proposed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin during his State of the State address, SB 469, was introduced in the West Virginia Senate this morning and passed out […]

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Unknown number of former West Virginia public employees could be using pension loophole (audio)

By westvirginia on January 30, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — The Legislative Auditor’s office warned lawmakers that an unknown number of former state employees could be taking advantage of a loophole in state law allowing them to receive their pensions and still collect a check from the state.
Legislative Auditor Aaron Allred gave a report to the […]

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West Virginia Attorney General’s office says prosecutorial powers are needed

By westvirginia on January 19, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — West Virginia is one of a few states where the Attorney General has no prosecutor powers, but one state official says that should change.
The House Finance Committee held one of several budget hearings today. Committee members head from the West Virginia Attorney’s office.
Del. Virginia Mahan (D-Summers) […]

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Medicaid spending plays role in larger West Virginia budget

By westvirginia on January 12, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — Lawmakers are now looking over the fiscal year 2013 budget presented by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin at last night’s State of the State address.
The Finance committees for both the West Virginia House of Delegates and state Senate heard reports today from the State Budget Office and […]

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West Virginia Legislative Auditor criticizes double dipping by former state employee

By westvirginia on January 9, 2012

By Steven Allen Adams | West Virginia Watchdog
CHARLESTON — The Legislative Auditor’s office is concerned that a contract started seven years ago with a retired state employee was exploiting a loophole meant to keep retirees from getting their full pensions after returning to state employment.
Lawmakers heard a report on a contract with Joe Smith, the […]

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