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State Officials: 2018 Budget Year to End in Surplus

Gov. Jim Justice during the State of the State Address in January 2018.
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Gov. Jim Justice during the State of the State Address in January 2018.

Gov. Jim Justice and his revenue staff say West Virginia is heading toward a budget surplus as the state nears the end of the 2018 fiscal year.

The governor and his revenue staff announced May’s revenue collections were more than $20 million above estimates. The entire month saw nearly $330 million in total revenue collection.

Several key collections came in above estimates, including personal income tax by $8.5 million, severance tax collections by nearly $4 million, and consumer sales tax by nearly $1 million.

General Revenue Fund collections remained on target in May, and Cumulative State Road Fund collections were $12.5 million above estimates.

Justice says the state is headed toward a budget surplus at the end of the month, and fiscal year 2019 looks promising.

Deputy Secretary Mark Muchow says a big reason for the increase in revenue is an increase in employment across the state of 9400 jobs since this time last year.


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