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W.Va. Faces More Cuts

Revenue chief calls for budget plans with 7.5 percent reduction

August 9, 2013

CHARLESTON (AP) — Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss is warning West Virginia state agencies to prepare for the possibility of budget cuts for the second time in two years....

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Aug-10-13 8:21 AM

WVEXPAT: We agree with you, but, if you examine WV State Treasurer John Perdue's "State of the Treasury" reports for fiscal year 2012 and fiscal year 2009, it sure looks to us like Gas severance receipts have gone down significantly over that overall period, while Coal severance receipts have gone up. Fiscal 2013 doesn't seem to be reported on the Treasurer's site yet; but, the numbers for gas would have to go up quite a bit to make up for the 2009 to 2012 drop. And, just as your numbers indicate, Gas severance receipts are only a fraction of those received from Coal. More to the point: Does anyone know where we might get the numbers on how much personal income tax WV receives from Coal miners as opposed to Gas well drillers? Since many of your gas drillers/workers are out-of-state transients, our guess is that would give the Gas boosters even more disappointment. Y'all have been sold a bill of goods when it comes to that shale gas thing.

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Aug-09-13 1:43 PM

Talking about unemployment- Anyone watching TV Ch 7 would swear that nearly all lawyers are un employed. All they do is talk and promise No Fees unless they get something.

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Aug-09-13 11:07 AM

"What happened to all of that natural gas money?" The natural gas money is just fine, it's tax revenue from coal that's the problem. "West Virginia collected $74.7 million in natural gas severance taxes last fiscal year, a slight increase from the $68.8 million that was received in the 2012 fiscal year. Coal severance taxes, meanwhile, dropped $73.4 million between the 2012 and 2013 fiscal years from $460 million to $386.6 million." (Herald Dispatch) A note to all those who favor de-emphasizing coal. You built that!

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Aug-09-13 9:05 AM

The idiots we send to Charleston were quick enough to give themselves a hefty pay raise when they passed table gaming; now that table gaming has proven not to be the windfall expected it's time we retract this pay raise and possibly take back a bit more.

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Aug-09-13 8:48 AM

cut the politicians and this state would do well.i guess that all of the gas money disappeared also.when they start cutting some of these political "jobs" then we might start to believe you.the actual workers will be the ones to get cut[most bosses of these agencies don't actually work].more of the war against the american workers.when more cuts are made the middle class will pay again.some pitiful leadership.

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Aug-09-13 8:24 AM

There is no funding -none- for seed or equity/venture for new business starts in WV. Every effort is made to discourage new business. Accordingly there is no growth; rather negative growth. The ship is sinking.

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Aug-09-13 6:20 AM

More than 50% of West Virginians receive some form of subsidized or free medical care. That number will continue to grow.

When you can't attract jobs and when you encourage a culture of d r u g use, laziness, union thuggery and unhealthy living, you inevitably have higher health care costs.

"Yeah, union construction workers got an attitude.." This commercial is ALMOST as embarrassing as that pathetic "West Virginia Works" show that used to air on Sundays on FYI.

If I were an employer and I saw that commercial (or had seen that show), I would NEVER move work to this state.

I haven't even mentioned the political corruption and trial lawyer dominated power structure.

West Virginia-Broke and lovin it!

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