You’ve probably already read it by now, but Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced this morning West Virginia would join in President Obama‘s expansion of Medicaid. Speaking at a press conference at St. Francis Hospital in downtown Charleston, Tomblin said the move would expand healthcare coverage for 91,500 state residents.
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In other news:
- Delegate Brady Paxton, D-Putnam, collected more than $8,000 in expense reimbursements during the regular legislative session.
- Delegate Stephen Skinner, D-Jefferson, formed a political action committee earlier this year to help fund Democrat candidates in the House of Delegates. The party lost 11 seats in the House to Republicans last year, giving the GOP 46 of the 100 seats. Republicans hope to become the majority party following the 2014 general election.
- A surge in income tax collections is helping to shrink the state’s budget gap.
- The state is planning a government jobs fair next week, even though Tomblin instituted a temporary hiring freeze in March. But state officials say there are plenty of open positions that need to be filled now or in the near future.