W. Va. Governor Quashes Parking Rate Increase

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has quashed a proposal to raise parking rates for state employees.

The state Department of Administration proposed the increase June 11 as well as higher fines for some parking violations. The plan was to have been open for public comment for one month.

The Charleston Gazette-Mail reported on the proposal Tuesday, and Justice’s office said in a news release that he ordered it withdrawn as soon as he found out about it. The withdrawal is effective Thursday.

Monthly parking for state employees at the Capitol complex and all other off-campus locations with paid parking would have risen from $20 to $25. Fines for some parking violations would have also gone up, some more than doubling.