The West Virginia Public Employees Insurance Agency has approved more than $50 million in 2017-18 health insurance plan benefits cuts for state and public school employees, many non-state public employees, and retirees.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, who inherited a national recession and coal industry downturn, says attracting business has been his six-year administration's priority, counting $13 billion in commercial investments that had some state involvement.
West Virginia's U.S. senators say they have joined 20 colleagues in a letter to Senate and House leaders calling for the passage this year of legislation to protect health care for 12,500 retired coal miners.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced a 2 percent budget cut for most West Virginia government agencies, saying it's needed because the state's general revenue fund is falling behind by more than $87 million since July.
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