GOVERNMENT LOBBYING GOVERNMENT - State Board Of Education Wants $75,000 Lobbyist

One day after Bob Wise expressed concern about West Virginia's money problems, and that it would be necessary to look at some budget cuts from public education - the state's school board decided to hire a $75,000 lobbyist.

Chuck Felton, who reviews new jobs that state agencies want to create says a new lobbyist position is not warranted and he won't sign off on it.

One of the requirements of the proposed job was to create a comprehensive news media strategy to promote the nine-member state board and its agenda - government lobbying government.

State schools Deputy Superintendent Steve Paine already serves as the board's legislative liaison. The department also has two communications specialists who make more than $125,000 a year combined.