The Legislature Today: Tomblin Focuses in on Budget Deficit

Jan 18, 2016

In the first episode of The Legislature Today of 2016, host Ashton Marra sits down with Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to discuss how he is proposing the state close a $381 million budget gap expected by the end of the fiscal year. 

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Tomblin is proposing increasing some taxes, including the states tobacco tax, and creating a tax on telecommunications, or cell phones and land lines. 

Also, the West Virginia Senate is still conducting business as usual even though the chamber is short one Senator after a resignation earlier this month. The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals will hear arguments Tuesday about how the two state parties want to fill the vacancy.

The West Virginia House of Delegates is focusing in on some social reform bills, including one that calls for drug testing TANF recipients. TANF is the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Program that provides short term assistance to low-income families.