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Tomblin Vetoes $67M in Budget

March 21, 2014

CHARLESTON (AP) — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a budget into law this week that dips into millions of dollars in state reserves but gives public employees raises....

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SMART1

Mar-22-14 8:19 PM

Obama good times!!! Send him back to Chicago!! Worst President since Jimmy Carter!!! Vote Republican!!

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mkhunt

Mar-21-14 9:02 PM

Gladiators and circuses and then Rome fell...pay attention to the statements of Pope Francis concerning corruption and organized crime. "Saints" hardly represents the real image of New Orleans with its seamy vice trade and political problems as described in the book, Sister Stanislaus, A Nun With a Gun by Eddie Doherty. let us turn to God during this Lent and pray for mercy.

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UNCOMMONSENSE

Mar-21-14 8:22 PM

Why oh why don't these cronies ever volunteer to take a cut in their OWN salary!

You work for the PEOPLE!!!

Government "SERVANTS" should be doing the "people's" business at ZERO cost to the taxpayers!

Why would MILLIONAIRES still expect a salary paid by hard working taxpayers?

Why doesn't an HONEST lawmaker introduce a bill that states that if your net worth is north of a million dollars, you are NOT entitled to a salary on the backs of the taxpayers!

Sorry, I guess "HONEST lawmaker" is kind of a oxymoron

And this IS West Virginia we are talking about!

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dyingov

Mar-21-14 8:02 PM

The tomblin business is owned by his mother and brother, no connection? Funny Stuff.

If they are not making a profit why would we keep giving them money?

BTW, the gambling bill's were passed on the idea that the money would be used to reduce taxes for those of us that don't contribute to the betting scam! No reduction in the last 30+ years....

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legal6

Mar-21-14 7:50 PM

They've done it as a hobby. A hobby that the Governor has had zero to do with $.

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rayduck

Mar-21-14 7:31 PM

Well said Triton!

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VincentVega

Mar-21-14 5:38 PM

WHO COULD HAVE GUESSED?

The Tomblin family has been in the Greyhound "wasting" business for the past twenty years and continue to lose money! Anyone wishing to volunteer to assist in providing aid to the Tomblin family should contact their local blood bank.

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legal6

Mar-21-14 5:05 PM

The Tomblin family turns no profit from their greyhound business and haven't for some time. No one that comments on here can possibly know that. And for the hundredth time, the horse and greyhound purses don't cost the taxpayers a penny. All monies comes from bets. Vincent Vega/Mike Myers(same person)/Kessler mouthpiece at it again bashing the racing industry when no one else mentioned it.

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dyingov

Mar-21-14 9:44 AM

BTW, Total US debt (direct debt not counting legacy costs) is 21 trillion dollars (local, state and federal combined) which is $70,000 per US citizen and about $145,000 per US working stiff! Keep on raising taxes/fees and all while creating more debt to likely pay for things we don't want or need! Creation of the federal reserve "funny" money is not even being considered! Funny stuff.

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dyingov

Mar-21-14 9:39 AM

Does anyone recall that when Mojo was gobernor and Tomblin was Senate President that the state sold the tobacco settlement money for 45 cents on the dollar? Any recall the 3.4 billion "extra" federal (borrowed money) funds that have been spent by WV politicians from 2009-2012? Now those spend thrifts need to dip into the savings plan! At the end of the day you will elect them again!

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Triton

Mar-21-14 9:23 AM

Tomblin did not sign the bill that sends millions to the horse/dog industry but he did not veto it either. He will sign it without fanfare and maybe not even without telling us. That he has the power to sign legislation at all that sends money to his family is mind boggling. Paying to build practice fields for the New Orlean Saints to come to the Greenbrier for a short practice session is beyond bizzare. Its the coach's favorite golf course and casino so we are going to pay a million bucks for him to visit us? Add that to the racing dog subsidy and you have taxpayer footing the bill for the NFL that is wallowing in billions of profits, growing incredibly each year and we will help to subsidize the Tomblin family business. Yet we can still do the anti worker chant and rage against public employees getting a $10 a week raise. Thats a pretty modest seniority raise and most are not political appointees, just people doing careers in public service. I can't work up any hate for them.

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dyingov

Mar-21-14 8:37 AM

vincy, Sound investment? So the rules of the program!

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- One small question regarding Jim Justice's plan to use state Tourism Development Act tax credits to help build a training camp complex at The Greenbrier for use by the New Orleans Saints football team.

One of the criteria for tourism developments to qualify for the sales tax credit equal to up to 25 percent of the project's cost is: "The project will produce sufficient revenues and public demand to be operating and open to the public for a minimum of one hundred days per year."

With the Saints splitting training camp time between their practice facility in Metairie, La., The Greenbrier's share of training camp is said to run 27 days. It's going to take some creative license to conclude that three empty football fields and a multi-purpose facility constitutes a tourism attraction for the other 73 days a year.

Rules are for the common peeps! Funny stuff.

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VincentVega

Mar-21-14 8:31 AM

WAKE UP WEST VIRGINIA!

The Greenbrier Resort is a superior and sound investment. When will our elected state officials wake up and quit donating millions to out of state dog owners who give no return, but in fact are causing job losses at West Virginia Casinos!

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mikeyd

Mar-21-14 8:27 AM

teaching must be the only job where performance doesn't matter.you get a raise no matter what.how you can perform at the bottom of the heap and still think that you deserve a raise confuses me.it's only a part time job.

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Highland

Mar-21-14 7:45 AM

More fiscal irresponsibility from the ruling party. It's time for a change, voters.

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dyingov

Mar-21-14 7:16 AM

25 million dollar tax breaks for the resident billionaire to build practice football fields! Would be funny if it was not so sad!

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LogHog

Mar-21-14 7:14 AM

the dog and pony show in WVa has changed some... less spending for the ponies (horse racing) more spending for the dogs( public employees) while the working people pay the bills... Obama heaven West Virginia, sing it all together now...

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SMART1

Mar-21-14 2:52 AM

Only in WV with Democrats in charge.... Teachers get a raise....Everybody else lagging behind... Rainy day fund gets pilfered...what?? No talk of follow our fearless leader Obama??? Voting Republican!!! We can do BETTER!!!!

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legal6

Mar-21-14 12:59 AM

Obviously, we've got our priorities in order. Tax breaks to attract a team from a multi billion dollar league, raises for union workers and public employees while taking money and jobs away from private businesses. The only thing missing was any talks or bills that would help create jobs. They did manage to watch out for their own jobs, though. 2020 is going to be fun to watch in WV.

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