Tomblin Cuts $67 Million from Budget
Charleston Daily Mail - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut nearly $67 million from the 2015 budget before signing the measure into law Thursday. Read
While Tomblin and other state leaders celebrated a bill later in the day that includes a potential tax credit for The Greenbrier with cake, a National Football League coach and a trumpeter, the governor's calls for fiscal responsibility fell on deaf ears for those affected by the last-minute budget changes.
"There's a lot of irony in providing millions of dollars in business tax subsides to a billionaire when you're making smaller cuts (in the budget)," said Ted Boettner, head of the left-leaning West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, referring to Greenbrier owner Jim Justice.
"That's just a hard thing to swallow."