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State officials say West Virginia is expected to end the fiscal year without the need for more budget cuts or changes.

April's revenue collections of $564.8 million topped estimates by 4.8 percent.

Marshall University

Among the many higher education budget cuts announced this session was a unique program at Marshall that only those who needed the services know about. The Luke Lee Listening Language Learning Lab is dealing with cuts.

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According the 2013 American Community Survey, one in three children in West Virginia under the age of 5 lives in poverty. It’s something the Our Children, Our Future Campaign to End Child Poverty in West Virginia is focused on. The group met at the state capitol yesterday to reveal the top ten priorities it will tackle during the 2015 Legislative Session.

The state is closing seven Aging and Disability Resource Centers because of budget cuts.

The centers help seniors and residents with disabilities find and apply for services and resources to help them live independently.
 

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In the weeks following the 2014 legislative session, a group of activists proved that standing up for what you believe in can sometimes make a difference. After letters, meetings and rallies at the Capitol, organizations that provide children and family services got their funding restored by the legislature during a special session.

Despite the ability of those groups to get their funding back after gubernatorial cuts, not every agency or organization was able to do the same. For instance, a program that won’t be expanding this year due to a lack of state money, the West Virginia State Police Crimes Against Children Unit.

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West Virginia University continues to tighten its belt to achieve approximately $20 million in budget cuts.

  West Virginia University has eliminated more than 100 positions as it addresses budget cuts.

The Dominion Post reports that 68 vacant positions have been eliminated. Forty-three positions were eliminated when workers either retired or resigned. Another 13.5 positions were part of a reduction in the workforce.

Several departments have been combined, restructured or eliminated.

The university has seen about $20 million in budget cuts in the past couple of fiscal years.

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The spiritual leader of West Virginia's Roman Catholic Church is urging state officials to restore funding the governor cut from some social services programs.

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield said the cuts will place children and families in poverty at further risk.
 

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Lawmakers are joining community action groups in asking the governor to restore funding to what they call critical childhood and domestic violence programs across the state.

The cuts came after the 2014 legislative session in the form of a line item veto- one that took $1.06 million from in-home family education, domestic violence services and child advocacy centers.

A new report says West Virginia’s lagging way behind nationally in funding for higher education. While West Virginia continues to cut in that department, many other states are allocating more dollars.

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The budget bill signed Thursday by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin makes line item vetoes and cuts totaling nearly $67 million. Programs affected include those for seniors, children, libraries, State Police, higher education workforce development, and the newly formed Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Commission.

In a letter to Secretary of State Natalie Tennant dated Wednesday, March 19, Tomblin outlined 42 objections to the budget that was passed by the legislature last week.

An automatic cut to the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or food stamp benefits, will begin taking effect Friday impacting the bottom line of nearly 300,000 West Virginians. That means the average family of three’s benefits will be cut by $29, or 16 meals, a month based on numbers from the U.S. Agriculture Department. The Washington Post has more on how these cuts will impact not just West Virginians, but struggling families across the country.