CHARLESTON, W.Va. — State Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss anticipates the state government hiring freeze will remain in effect for the foreseeable future.

“I think we are still two or three months away from being comfortable in recommending we back away from it,” Kiss said Wednesday with the release of the latest state revenue collections.

The secretary has repeatedly said the money saved during the freeze has helped the state balance its budget.

Tax collections were better in August than previous months. The state missed its revenue estimate by just $1.3 million. Kiss said things are getting better but the state hasn’t turned the corner.

“We’re kind of in the same situation,” he said. “We are continuing to monitor it and watch it closely. At this point it doesn’t appear we need to take any remedial action.”

August was better for severance tax collections as the money brought in modestly exceeded estimates but personal income tax collections, the state’s largest area of tax collection, continues to be off pace.

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  • the truth

    From Manchin to Tomblin they have run many state agencies into the ground. This hiring freeze is just the continuation of it. Unless you are a political crony then you have now reward working for the state as nothing is based on merit now. Most of this budget deficit was self created. When you cut a couple of hundred million from the food tax and replace it with nothing your going to have problems. Also it is all Medicaid spending. What does Tomblin do? Increases the welfare rolls over 100 thousand people. Feds may pay for a couple years but that bill is going to come due.

  • C.H

    There is no reason revenue collections should be down in this State. We have Oil, Gas, Coal , Wind ,Timber ect. With a state population less than two million we should not be at the top of all the bad list and the bottom of all the good. These products make millions of dollars for out of state intrest. The cittizens of this great state should not be nickel and dime to death with personal properety taxes and special fees , when we should be utlizing funds from our God given natural resorses. Does anyone feel the same way?

  • Stop the fraud theft and waste

    Cleaning up the fraud and theft in DOH and other state agencies would go a long way!

  • Max

    "August was better for severance tax collections as the money brought in modestly exceeded estimates but personal income tax collections, the state’s largest area of tax collection, continues to be off pace."

    Translation, we need jobs in WV....something Democrats haven't been able to provide for 60+ years...time for a change.

    • Sarah

      We have jobs in Randolph County. We actually have a lot of jobs in this region with the oil and gas boom. Why don't you move to this part of the state?

  • Wirerowe

    The story " the state just missed it's revenue estimate by $1.3 million" just not jibe with headline" state revenue makes modest gains. "

  • CaptainQ

    Worry not, West Virginia!

    When the legislature meets again next year, they will pass higher/new taxes to solve this problem! The dreaded Food Tax will certainly make a comeback! If there's one thing the Democrats running this state can do well, it's tax the people!

  • joeyjojo

    If 2 or 3 months is "the foreseeable future" to Bob Kiss I think we've found the problem.

  • JTL

    Cleaning up the wasteful spending would help a ton... Just sayin.

    • Fall Guy

      You are correct! How about the DOH execs that all just got HUGE pay raises! If the people only knew!