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CHARLESTON, WV -

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin restored over $100,000 in funding to two programs he originally made cuts to in his line-item veto of the West Virginia Legislature’s budget bill.

Tomblin sent Senate President Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, and Speaker of the House Tim Miley, D-Harrison, a letter on May 6 explaining his restoration to two items originally included in his veto from the 2014 Legislative session.

The session ended on March 8, and the governor sent out his line-item veto on March 19.

“I have received numerous requests to reconsider a limited number of those reductions,” Tomblin said in the letter.

Kessler said he received word Tuesday evening the governor would be restoring some of the funding to the programs. Although Kessler said the restorations are a good start, he hopes they will consider making more.

“Not only do I think that they’re important programs to provide assistance, the economic benefit far outweighs the fairly insignificant costs,” Kessler said.

Tomblin said he directed his cabinet secretaries of Revenue and Health and Human Resources to consider the requests and provide him with recommendations in restoring them. The restoration to the budget cuts do not require legislative action to be taken, but will be monitored by the Department of Revenue for the final quarter of Fiscal Year 2014, Tomblin added.

In the letter, Tomblin said $30,000 would be restored to the Domestic Violence Legal Services Fund while $80,000 would be restored in the Children’s Trust Fund at the Fiscal Year 2014 level during the FY 2015.

Tomblin also addressed in the letter the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services notified DHHR Secretary Karen Bowling in late April any reduction to state support for the In-Home Family Education grantees would be met with a one-to-one dollar reduction in the associated federal matching grant.

DHHR will allocated $150,000 for funding to In-Home Family Education — balancing the Children’s Trust Fund special revenue account, Tomblin said.

“I hope that you and your colleagues will be pleased with this result,” Tomblin said in the last line of his letter.

Kessler said restoring the funds is a “no-brainer” to him because they provided the state a return on their investment.

“These are programs to help people continue to be productive, stay in the work force, provide childcare,” Kessler said. “(The programs) draw down significant matching funds to provide employment and services in our community.”