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$9 Million Less Needed from Reserves for Budget


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin says the state will need to take $9.1 million less from reserves for the upcoming budget.

In a news release Monday, the Democrat said the state has seen growth in local property taxes that will decrease the state’s share of school aid funding.

It’s the second time the governor has reduced the amount he expects the state to use from the Rainy Day Fund.

Originally, he called for $69 million from reserves.

In January, he said only $25 million would be needed after better-than-expected investment returns.

Now, the number has dropped to $15.5 million.

The Republican-led Legislature is crafting the budget.

Tomblin can make line-item vetoes after lawmakers pass the budget.

Tomblin’s budget still would cut about $72 million from various educational, health and human services.