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Mid-Year Budget Cuts Possible for W.Va.

Hiring freeze also considered to offset low revenue

December 5, 2013

CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s administration is considering mid-year budget cuts to offset a decline in state revenues....

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Dec-05-13 8:27 PM

There will be no hope for this state as long as the current herd of petty politicians continue to trade political positions.

It is going to take a very painful abandoning of the status quo and bring in fresh, new, radical, even revolutionary thinking and approaches to economic development in this state.

We have to get away from the 19th century belief that "we'll always have coal". That is simply not true anymore, and we'd better start thinking about Life After Coal, because it's gonna be here before we know it.

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Dec-05-13 9:59 AM

Vote these clowns out! The Governor & Senator Kessler ALWAYS tootin the horns! How great they manage the state finances, etc. We are LAST in most categories! I'm voting for anybody not a current elected official!

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Dec-05-13 9:49 AM

if WV is experiencing a tax short fall then they have simply mismanaged the energy industry's obligations to the State. We cannot be the "center of the Marcellus Shale gas boom" and have all of this activity going on and the state is not taxing it enough to support what it takes from services. For such a long time, WV state officials have dealt with business with an official position and the handout down low. The state has run like a banana republic for so long we have a generation of officials who do not know the difference. Gambling revenues should be miniscule compared to energy taxes. You don't have to smother the industry in taxes but they do need to be taxed to offset what they are taking from the state. And how long do we wait to repair the roads that are being crushed. Big money, cash and prosperity are hard things for WV Gov officials to correlate. The do understand the handout tradition of government. Are the gas companies going to leave if they are taxed?

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Dec-05-13 9:07 AM

remember when mojo was gobernor and tomblin was senate pres and this paper was tellin us how great they were doing during the housing meltdown? 1.3 billion in federal money was given to WV to make it look like things were OK at the state level! Do some research and you will find all the states received federal (funny money) funds to give the sheeple the illusion of things are not so bad!

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Dec-05-13 8:49 AM

If you are from Texas, Colorado, Utah...(fill in the western state)your income taxes go to that state. Even though these worker's kids go to our schools. Some have been here well over a year, living in their campers. I thought you had 90 days to change your license and register your vehicles upon moving to this state. Living in a camper is living here.

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Dec-05-13 8:26 AM

"A majority of the decline was due to personal income tax collections, which were $37 million below estimates for the period"; "gas severance taxes accounted for most of the shortfall" - - What happened? Wasn't the shale gas "miracle" supposed to usher in abundance for WV and jobs for everyone? "personal income taxes ... were ... below estimates"? Where are all the shale gas jobs, and the income taxes they would provide? Who's drilling all those wells and laying all those pipelines, anyway? Too bad WV doesn't have a tax on baloney sandwiches. Of course, if they did, your local papers would go broke.

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