Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss

Director of the State Budget Office Mike McKown , Secretary of revenue Bob Kiss and Deputy Secretary Mark Muchow in the House Chambers.
Ashton Marra

West Virginia's revenue collections missed estimates for the fiscal year's first month.

Figures released Wednesday by the West Virginia Department of Revenue show General Revenue Fund collections for July were nearly $4.8 million below the estimate. Collections totaled $251.78 million.

Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss
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Although the state was able to finish the fiscal year in the black, a member of Governor Tomblin’s cabinet say a hiring freeze will continue indefinitely.

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss made the statement on a conference call with reporters Wednesday, referring to a freeze Tomblin implemented in January. The action saved the state an estimated $33 million in the second half of the fiscal year.

Secretary of Revenue Robert Kiss
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A representative of Governor Tomblin reported to legislators no programs had to be cut and no employees had to be laid off as a result of the federal government shutdown, but with an agreement from Congress that only funds the government through the first of the year, the administration is still worried the state could run into the same issues again.

The governor and his staff are now asking state lawmakers to consider taking legislative action to prevent future problems when there’s a lack of federal funding.