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Delegates Eldridge, Maynard among Livable Home Tax Credit sponsors

By LEXI BROWNING

For the West Virginia

Press Association

CHARLESTON - The West Virginia House of Delegate’s Committee on Senior Citizen Issues passed legislation Thursday that could provide a tax credit for modifying the residence of an elderly person or person with a disability.

House Bill 2848, known as the Livable Home Tax Credit, is sponsored by Del. Ruth Rowan, R-Hampshire. The bill proposes a credit of 50 percent - on expenditures up to $5,000 — to make homes more accessible and sustainable for independent living.

Delegates Matthew Rohrbach, R-Cabell, Tony Lewis, R-Preston, Dana Lynch, D-Webster, Terri Sypolt, R-Preston, Zack Maynard, R-Lincoln, Tony Paynter, R-Wyoming, Jeff…

Jail system targets unpaid fines

CHARLESTON, WV – West Virginia’s regional jail system will help make sure that criminal offenders pay their court-ordered fines and fees, through a new information-sharing agreement with the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. That's according to a news release from the West Virginia Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety, last week.

The agreement allows the West Virginia Regional Jail and Correctional Facility Authority to check whether newly booked inmates owe magistrate court costs. For inmates with amounts outstanding, a jail can withhold money in their possession to address these debts. The jails can also take up to one-half of all funds deposited in an inmate’s…

Commerce announces recall of foresters

CHARLESTON  - West Virginia Secretary of Commerce H. Wood Thrasher last week announced the recall of 15 state foresters who were laid off last year. The recall will take effect immediately. It was announced on Friday, March 17, 2017.

“We are excited to put our foresters back to work,” said Secretary Thrasher. “This is just one more example of Gov. Justice’s initiatives to restore sound management of our state forests in a fiscally responsible manner.”

“Forestry professionals play a critical role in sustaining our state’s forest resources, including coordinating with loggers across the State of West Virginia,” said West Virginia Division of Forestry Director Randy Dye.

Since the layoffs…