WVa Pegs '09 Budget Surplus At $22M

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's state government ended its budget year in june with several million dollars more left over than initially thought.

State revenue officials said Tuesday that final figures reflect a general tax revenue surplus of $22 million above the roughly $3.9 billion spent from that portion of the budget.

Gov. Joe Manchin had estimated the available surplus at $8 million last week when he proposed a $500 bonus-like payment to each full-time state employee.

Those payments would also rely on part of a $57 million excess lottery surplus.

Half of the $22 million must go to the state's emergency reserves, leaving $11 million for the proposed payments.

But the proposal has been criticized by public employee groups, who instead favor permanent raises.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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