WV state leaders weigh budget scenarios

A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail 

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Eliminating the Promise Scholarship. Closing down State Police detachments. Further cuts to education.

Those are frightening scenarios, but just some of the examples the governor’s office is using to illustrate the effects of $270 million in budget cuts, according to MetroNews.

Gov. Tomblin has met with leaders from both the House and Senate this week to talk about the state’s budget deficit and how best to close the gaps. Without any new revenue, the deficit would have to be covered only by spending cuts, meaning programs West Virginians depend on for health care, public safety and education could be put in jeopardy.

But Sen. Mike Hall, R-Putnam, said it’s good for lawmakers to see how spending cuts would affect their constituents.

“Now every legislator, doing their work, has to be deeply involved in the full array of consequences of doing these cuts…

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