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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's budget proposal would use almost $69 million in reserves and cut $72 million from specific areas to curb state budget woes.

The Democratic governor's administration outlined the spending plan during a media briefing Wednesday.

The money from the state's Rainy Day Fund and cuts would help cover an expected $195 million budget gap.

Officials said public education, higher education and the Department of Health and Human Resources would be targeted for cuts. They said further details would emerge Thursday during legislative budget presentations.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin gave his fifth State of the State Address Wednesday night in the House Chamber before a joint meeting of the legislature as well as the Supreme Court, Constitutional officers and many, many others.

Tomblin touted the financial success the state is seeing from fiscally prudent decisions made in recent years. From the strength of the state’s more than $800 million Rainy Day Fund to the accomplishments in paying off worker’s compensation debt, Tomblin said the state is in good financial health.

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With the anticipation of Governor Tomblin’s State of the State address tonight, Senate President, Bill Cole and incoming House Speaker, Tim Armstead  shared what they hope to hear in the Governor’s speech.

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State Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss says Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will make targeted cuts and tap state reserves in his budget proposal.

The comments came Monday during the West Virginia AP Legislative Lookahead at the offices of Charleston Newspapers.

Kiss says Tomblin has to cover a $195 million expected budget gap next year. Kiss expects less than $80 million to come from the state Rainy Day Fund.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has named Robert A. Fala as director of the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources.

West Virginia Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro is retiring at the end of the year.

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Governor Tomblin's Intergovernmental Task Force on Juvenile Justice released its final report Thursday which includes some 20 recommendations on how to reduce the state's incarcerated youth population. The report focuses heavily on preventative measures to deal with status offenders, or juveniles who commit offenses that would not be considered crimes for an adult. 

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On West Virginia Morning, Republican lawmakers at both the state and federal levels pledge to work together to move their agendas forward.  And Governor Tomblin tells a classroom of third graders about the importance of STEM based learning. 

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin visited Piedmont Elementary School in Charleston today to speak with a third grade class about the importance of STEM-based learning.

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State environmental regulators and leaders of the coal and power industries announced yesterday they’d filed comments on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed rules that aim to reduce carbon emissions.

Governor Tomblin said the Department of Environmental protection worked with the West Virginia Division of Energy and the state Public Service Commission in filing a nearly 70 page document responding to the proposed rules . At a news conference Monday, Tomblin called those rules “unprecedented” and “illegal.”

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's mother, Freda Mae Tomblin, has died. She was 80.

The governor said Sunday in a news release that his mother died Saturday surrounded by family and friends.

 She was a resident of Chapmanville. The governor says his mother taught him the importance of education, hard work and caring for others. Other survivors include her husband, Earl; her son, Carl Edward Tomblin of Chapmanville; and a sister, Sue Murray of Hagerstown, Md. Evans Funeral Home in Chapmanville is in charge of arrangements.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin Friday announced the appointment of retiring state Senator Brooks McCabe to the West Virginia Public Service Commission. McCabe replaces Ryan Palmer who resigned in September to take a position with the Federal Communications Commission. 

McCabe will resign his from his seat in the Senate to take the position Nov. 15. He did not run for re-election this year.

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Governor Earl Ray Tomblin announced Thursday he will lead a trade mission to Brazil next week to continue talks with two companies who plan to bring an ethane cracker to the state. 

Tomblin and members of the West Virginia Development Office will meet with executives from Odebrecht and Braskem while on the four day trip to the South American country, focusing on the next steps for Project ASCENT.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia service members and first responders will be honored later this year by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and first lady Joanne Jaeger Tomblin.
     They are asking state residents to submit photos of service members and first responders for recognition trees that will be displayed in the governor's reception room during the holiday season.
     Tomblin says the display is intended to showcase West Virginians who serve the nation and their communities.

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  Update:   The state Department of Health and Human Resources says it expects that county clerks across the state will be able to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples by Tuesday, October 14 at the latest.

  Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin today issued the following statement regarding same-sex marriage in West Virginia. 

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Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says festivals and fairs likely won't suffer in next year's budget.

Tomblin tells the Parkersburg News and Sentinel that his upcoming budget proposal would maintain the $1.9 million set aside for fairs and festivals this year.

Tomblin has said he wants to use $100 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected funding gap in the 2016 budget year.

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A light rain fell on the Capitol complex as the governor laid a wreath at the Fallen Firefighter Memorial. From there, he led a procession across the complex to ring the ceremonial bell in the North Plaza.

Governor Earl Ray Tomblin was joined by members of the National Guard and first responders at the state Capitol Thursday to honor the 13 anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.


CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Gov.  Tomblin has ordered all flags at state facilities lowered to half staff in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
     Nearly 3,000 people died 13 years ago when hijacked airplanes crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., and in a field near Shanksville, Pa.
     Tomblin asked that residents observe a moment of silence at 8:46 this morning - the time the first plane struck the north tower in New York. Another jetliner struck the Pentagon at 9:37 a.m.

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Gov. Tomblin said today that after months of hard work by the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, an interpretive rule providing guidance on the implementation of Senate Bill 373, the above ground storage safety law, has been established.

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Stakeholders met with the governor’s office and the Department of Environmental Protection Friday to discuss possibly calling the legislature into a special session. The session would be focused on fixing some unintended consequences both Senate and House leadership see in the above ground storage tank bill passed earlier this year.

Friday’s meeting was the second this week focused on Senate Bill 373, legislation that came as a response to January’s chemical spill in Charleston. The spill contaminated 300,000 people’s drinking water for as many as ten days.