West Virginia Governor Not Calling For Budget Calls

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West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is telling state agencies to keep their budgets on par with this year's spending plans.

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss last week sent instructions to agency heads on submitting 2016 budget requests. A new fiscal year started in July.

After two years of 7.5 percent reductions, Kiss' correspondence said additional funding would be considered only in rare cases.

Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman said the governor appreciates the state employees and agencies that endured cuts.

Last week, the Department of Revenue announced general revenue fell $17.4 million short in July.

The shortfall was partly due to one-time revenue transfers carried over from June. Deputy Revenue Secretary Mark Muchow also pointed to sluggish sales and personal income tax growth as problematic.