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Tomblin Plans Targeted Cuts, Reserves to Cover $195 Million Budget Gap

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State Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss says Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will make targeted cuts and tap state reserves in his budget proposal.

The comments came Monday during the West Virginia AP Legislative Lookahead at the offices of Charleston Newspapers.

Kiss says Tomblin has to cover a $195 million expected budget gap next year. Kiss expects less than $80 million to come from the state Rainy Day Fund.

Kiss attributed a flat revenue trend to falling energy prices, lower coal demand, weak wage growth and a federal payroll tax increase, and turmoil in the federal government and health sectors.

Tomblin will propose a budget Wednesday as the 60-day legislative session starts.

The Republican-led Legislature will craft the state budget during the session. Tomblin can then make line-item vetoes in that budget.

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