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Tomblin Announces 2 Percent Budget Cut For Most Agencies

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has announced a 2 percent budget cut for most West Virginia government agencies, saying it’s needed because the state’s general revenue fund is falling behind by more than $87 million since July.

According to the governor’s office, the cuts include more than $11 million from school aid and a $25 million one-time reduction to Medicaid.

Tomblin says the state hiring freeze will continue and nonessential travel for state employees remains restricted.

He has also redirected $25.5 million in revenues, currently dedicated to paying unfunded workers’ compensation liability, to the general fund.

With budget trends expected to continue, he says state officials will be looking for other remedies as the new budget year approaches.