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Tomblin: Festivals, Fairs Won't Suffer Next Budget

Marching Band at the West Virginia Strawberry Festival
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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says festivals and fairs likely won't suffer in next year's budget.

Tomblin tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that his upcoming budget proposal would maintain the $1.9 million set aside for fairs and festivals this year.

Tomblin has said he wants to use $100 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected funding gap in the 2016 budget year.

Unlike the last two years, Tomblin says across-the-board cuts, except for some protected programs, will not be part of his 2016 suggestions.

Tomblin will propose his budget in January at the start of the state's 60-day legislative session. Then lawmakers will craft the state budget during session. Tomblin has the ability to veto spending items afterward.


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