CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Even though Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin restored more than $200,000 to the new state budget Wednesday —funds he originally trimmed through a line-item veto—lawmakers still claim some spending cuts run too deep.

In a letter to legislative leaders, the governor said he had received numerous calls about certain cuts and asked his cabinet secretaries to re-examine programs within the Department of Health and Human Resources. Tomblin opted to restore $150,000 to the In-Home Family Education Fund, $80,000 to the Children’s Trust Fund and $30,000 to the Domestic Violence Legal Services Fund.

Despite Tomblin’s move, a group of lawmakers maintained plans to hold a news conference Thursday and ask Tomblin to restore funding in additional areas. Del. Linda Phillips (D-Wyoming) told MetroNews areas like the Family Resource Networks, Starting Points Family Resource Centers, Child Advocacy Centers and child abuse prevention should be restored.

The news conference was scheduled for noon Thursday at the state capitol.

Tomblin said the $260,000 he restored Wednesday will come from re-appropriated funds, returning the programs to their current funding levels.

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  • Brian

    DHHR is the largest state government entity in WV - stands to reason they can take the biggest budget cut. Besides, they have so many programs doing the job of parents and the working class, maybe the welfare and other non working recipients might have to do something to earn some money rather than just sit around.

  • John

    I wonder why there is no mention of restoring any of the $1.2 million dollars that Tomblin chopped from the senior services when he used his veto pen? The level of services provided to seniors are being forced to cut back dramatically all over the state.To many seniors, its a matter of eating versus payment for utilities, rent, medications and other mandatory payment of bills each month. Its really a shame that we cannot provide sufficient funding for those who are the most needy in our society. They've worked hard all their lives, paid taxes to keep the state afloat, and now are being pushed to the side.

    • Woodchuck

      Let the fairs and festivals support themselves. Put that money towards roads.

    • ViennaGuy

      Take it out of the horse and dog track subsides ...

      • john

        Vienna Guy, Bite your tongue! To do that may remove some money from the hip pocket of certain individuals, and we wouldn't want that, now would we?

      • ViennaGuy

        Subsidies, not subsides. I can't type today. :-(

  • Steve Davis

    I'm confused. I thought we didn't have the money.
    What are "re-appropriated funds"? Is that real money? Where was it hiding?

  • WV PATRIOT

    Speaking of economic development in our State... I under stand that WV only has to come up with $1,000,000 Rt. 35 can be completed.. This is the second most heavily traveled road in WV and the economic impact would be tremendous .. During construction WV would recoup the million dollars in just taxes on construction workers wages.the rest of the money will come from the FEDS.

    I think I'm going to buy the govennor and every legislator a calculator and have a grainy session on how to use it.

  • Woodchuck

    Should have put the money toward roads. Now they will add another tax to pay for them