WV Hopes Stimulus Can Offset Looming Budget Cuts

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- West Virginia is looking to offset nearly $200 million in needed budget cuts with at least $34 million from its share of federal stimulus funds.

Lawmakers and Gov. Joe manchin's office say the federal dollars should help cushion the blow.

But most agencies and programs still will see their spending reduced by at least 2 percent.

The legislature must pass a new state budget that is $197 million smaller than what Manchin first proposed in February.

As the budget year begins July 1, lawmakers are returning Tuesday to complete that spending document.

A chunk of the federal stimulus money is meant to help states with their budgets, particularly in education.

Manchin and lawmakers are eyeing $11 million for higher education and $23 million for k-12.

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

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