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Earl Ray Tomblin

Hiring freeze, cuts help W.Va. end fiscal year in the black

A hiring freeze and budget cuts have helped West Virginia end the fiscal year with a small surplus. General revenue collections for the fiscal year that ended Tuesday were about $60 million below estimates. A mid-year budget cut and a hiring freeze saved the state more than $38.9 million, which helped to close the gap, the Department of Revenue said in a news release. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration used about $12.6 million in unspent funds in state agency accounts, a $7.5 millionl appropriation from the Legislature and other budget adjustments to make up the shortfall. The state ended the fiscal year with a $1.3 million surplus, the department said. "We had to do some...