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State Could Face Budget Cuts

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CHARLESTON -

Mid-year budget cuts could be on the way for some West Virginia agencies to help offset a decline in state revenues.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's administration released a state report, Tuesday.

It shows tax collections are about $57.4 million below estimates for the fiscal year that began July 1.

The state could impose cuts or even institute a hiring freeze.   Another option is to use money in accounts set up by the Legislature. 

According to the Associated Press, the report shows November tax collections were $14.9 million below estimates. Deputy revenue secretary Mark Muchow tells media outlets that coal and gas severance taxes accounted for most of the shortfall. He expects severance taxes to rebound in December.