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Surplus: At What Cost?

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After years of spending cuts and pulling from the Rainy Day Fund it looks like the state of West Virginia will finish the year with a twenty eight million budget surplus for 2017-2018 budget year.  

While it's a relief to see the state making a surplus, it definitely came at a cost. While increased revenue was a factor, heavy cuts made by the legislative leadership to institutions like Higher Education are making an impact on many working West Virginians. 


The governor's critics say cuts have come with a cost.

"You know not every West Virginian is feeling this recovery. We talk about parents who are trying to send their kids to school for the first time, and they are paying higher tuition fees because we continue to cut higher education," said Del. Mike Pushkin, (D) Kanawha.


A surplus is a good thing. No one is denying that, but shouldn't our leaders be reaching for that goal without passing the costs onto working families?

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