Dave Boucher (@Dave_Boucher1) and I are attending the Associated Press’s annual Legislative Lookahead today at Marshall University’s South Charleston campus.
We’ll both be live-tweeting the event today (my handle is @ZackHarold), but I’ve also got a live-stream going via Google Hangouts. Click below to watch.
The day kicks off at 9 a.m. with a discussion of public education in West Virginia featuring Terry Wallace, a senior fellow at the Institute for Innovation in Education at West Liberty University, Jim Phares, the state superintendent, and State Senator Larry Edgell, D-Wetzel, a retired educator. John McCabe, managing editor of The Wheeling Intelligencer will serve as moderator.
Beginning at 11 a.m., the conversation shifts to state prison overcrowding. That discussion will include state corrections commissioner Jim Rubenstein, state regional jails director Joe Delong, Del. Patrick Lane, R-Kanawha, Del. Tim Miley, D-Harrison, and Sen. Corey Palumbo, D-Kanawha. Don Smith, executive director of the West Virginia Press Association will serve as moderator.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will join us at noon for lunch.
A panel on the state budget, including Medicaid and the lottery, will begin at 1 p.m. Heather Henline, publisher of the Elkins Inter-Mountain will be the moderator for that discussion, which also will include Mark Muchow, deputy revenue secretary, Senate Finance Chairman Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, budget director Mike McKown and House Finance chairman Del. Harry Keith White, D-Mingo.
The day will conclude with a conversation with House and Senate leaders, Speaker of the House Rick Thompson, House Minority Leader Tim Armstead, Senate President Jeff Kessler and Senate Minority Leader Mike Hall. That begins at 2:30 p.m.