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Gov. Tomblin Cuts or Vetoes Nearly $67 Million in Budget

Ashton Marra
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

The budget bill signed Thursday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin makes line item vetoes and cuts totaling nearly $67 million. Programs affected include those for seniors, children, libraries, State Police, higher education workforce development, and the newly formed Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission.

In a letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant dated Wednesday, March 19, Tomblin outlined 42 objections to the budget that was passed by the legislature last week.

Some of the major cuts Tomblin has proposed are:

  • Senior Citizens Centers and Programs from $2,284,750 down to $1,000,000
  • Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission from $150,000 down to $100,000
  • Libraries - Special Projects from $768,250 down to $0
  •  Domestic Violence Legal Services Fund from $400,000 down to $370,000
  • In-Home Family Education from $1,000,000 down to $750,000
  • 21st Century Innovation Zones from $466,144 down to $266,144
  • Local Economic Development Assistance from $4,688,940 down to $1,850,000

A detailed look at all of the cuts and line item vetoes can be found below:

A native of Washington, West Virginia, Dave Mistich joined West Virginia Public Broadcasting in October of 2012, as the Charleston Reporter. After bouncing around a variety of newsroom roles at WVPB, he now focuses on state-level politics and government, as well as breaking news. Dave plays on the world's best-worst softball team, Chico's Bail Bonds. He can be reached via email at dmistich@wvpublic.org and you can follow him on Twitter @davemistich.

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