Governor Earl Ray Tomblin

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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. 

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The state Supreme Court is suspending an appointment to a key Senate opening until the court rules whether a Democrat or Republican should fill the seat.

The court issued the stay on Friday.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will appoint a Democrat to a swing Senate seat this weekend unless the state Supreme Court rules otherwise.

The Democratic governor's court filing Friday says he'll appoint a Democrat Saturday afternoon. Republicans have a 17-16 Senate majority.

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin gave his final state of the state address before a Joint Session of the West Virginia Legislature last night. Tomblin spent most of his speech highlighting administrative successes of the past year and previewing some minor pieces of legislation he will ask lawmakers to consider this year.

But, while it was brief, it’s the governor’s budget proposal that’s receiving the most attention from members of the Legislature. The Democratic Governor is asking a Republican Legislature to increase taxes in order to balance not just next year’s budget, but to dig the state out of its current multi-million dollar hole. 

Watch Again: Gov. Tomblin Delivers 2016 State of the State

Jan 13, 2016
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On Wednesday, Governor Earl Ray Tomblin delivered his final State of the State address from the House of Delegates chamber at the State Capitol. 

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Federal land and water conservation fund grants are heading to 11 community outdoor projects across West Virginia.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the funding totaling nearly $585,000 will leverage approximately $1.2 million in federal, local and private funds, benefiting projects that will be enjoyed by a quarter million state residents.

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Two weeks after President Obama’s visit to West Virginia, aimed at putting the spotlight on substance abuse issues across the country, the state’s leaders are still talking about ways to combat the issue.

At a forum in Martinsburg, Governor Tomblin met with those struggling with the disease and others trying to provide assistance in the Eastern Panhandle.

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Governor Earl Tomblin will hold a summit in Martinsburg Wednesday to address the state's ongoing efforts to combat substance abuse. Tomblin will be joined by medical professionals, education leaders, law enforcement officials, and individuals directly affected by substance abuse as they discuss reforms and new programs to help those struggling with addiction.

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With President Obama’s visit to Charleston just two short weeks ago, people and organizations across the state have responded to the President’s call to fight drugs and overdose deaths in West Virginia.

On Wednesday, Governor Tomblin continues this fight and travels to Martinsburg to host a summit with law enforcement and the community on substance abuse in the area.

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Community justice programs and support groups will receive more than $3.6 million in funding from the state.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the funding Wednesday for 65 programs statewide.

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A spokesman for Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says President Barack Obama will visit West Virginia next week to discuss substance abuse.

Spokesman Chris Stadelman says Obama will travel to Charleston on Wednesday. Details of the visit haven't been released.

Stadelman says Tomblin is pleased that Obama is coming to West Virginia to talk about an issue that has been a focus of the governor's administration.

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West Virginia's budget gap has topped $60 million as low energy prices continue to dampen tax collections.

The West Virginia Department of Revenue says September's tax collections missed estimates by $55.5 million. That pushed the deficit for the fiscal year's first three months from $12 million at the end of August to $67.8 million.

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A state program has awarded grants totaling $100,000 to eight projects that promote healthy living in communities.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced the Growing Healthy Communities grants on Monday.

Tomblin Unhappy With Feds Decision on Stream Protection

Sep 18, 2015
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With the theater crowded with coal miners, families and others attending a public hearing on proposed Stream Protection Rule, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin spoke for state's residents, calling the proposed rule a "personal foul' and an example of the federal government kicking West Virginia while the state and the coal industry were down. 

Tomblin urged rejection of U.S. Office of Surface Mining’s proposed Stream Protection Rule.

The OSM hosted the public hearing Thursday at the Charleston Civic Center to receive public comment on the proposed Stream Protection Rule.  

Gov. Tomblin lays a wreath at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial at the West Virginia Capitol.
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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant and members of the State Police, National Guard, Air National Guard and others rang the ceremonial bell on the state Capitol’s north courtyard Friday after laying a wreath at the memorial for fallen firefighters.

ARC Grants Presser
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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin held a press conference Thursday to announce the recipients of grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission Investment Program. 

Joined by Commerce Secretary Keith Burdette and the West Virginia Development Office, Tomblin presented more than $4.7 million in funding to support 11 programs and organizations in the state. Many of the projects involved public water and educational services. Tomblin said it can make all the different for folks in the state. 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin held a ceremonial bill signing at the Capitol today for Jamie’s law, a bill that mandates suicide prevention and awareness in West Virginia schools and on college and university campuses.

Along with the governor and state Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano, Michelle Toman addressed those gather at the Capitol for the signing.

Toman is the sister of Jamie Campbell for whom House Bill 2535 is named. 

Conley Fabrication

A West Virginia company is opening a $2 million facility expected to draw 18 new jobs related to the natural gas industry.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin attended Conley Fabrication's new facility opening Wednesday.

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A lawmaker says Pendleton County will lose several hundred jobs as a result of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's decision to turn down the federal government's offer to transfer a Navy base to the state.

State corrections officials had suggested converting the Naval Information Operations Center in Sugar Grove into a prison. Female inmates would have been transferred to Sugar Grove from the Lakin Correctional Center in Mason County.