Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

AROUND THE STATE ; Jim Justice Has His Work Cut out for Him; Governor-Elect Spoke of Revenue Growth. Can It Come Fast Enough?

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

AROUND THE STATE ; Jim Justice Has His Work Cut out for Him; Governor-Elect Spoke of Revenue Growth. Can It Come Fast Enough?

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PARKERSBURG - West Virginia Governor-elect Jim Justice may be getting a harsh dose of reality as he and his transition team become more informed about the states budget woes in recent days.

As Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin was announcing an additional 2 percent budget cut for most state agencies, and extending the hiring freeze and travel restrictions, Justices team was getting the details of a general revenue fund that has fallen behind by another $87 million since July, with no end in sight.

Remember, on the campaign trail, Justice said Weve cut about all that we can cut, as he proclaimed that targeted efforts to reduce wasteful spending in state government were not the answer to our financial problems. In fact, he worried that continued cuts would force more teachers out of state toward better paying jobs. …

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