Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin tonight delivered his 2013 State of the State Address emphasizing investment in our state's future through more efficient and effective government. Gov. Tomblin pledged to once again, bring both sides of the aisle together in an effort to make West Virginia an even greater place to live, work and raise a family.
During the address, the governor presented a balanced budget, with no new taxes. This time last year, West Virginia had a projected budget gap for Fiscal Year 2014 of nearly $400 million.
Gov. Tomblin laid out a bold plan for improving the state's education system. The governor introduced a number of proposals including improving hiring practices for teachers, more flexibility at the county level, and a full-day four-year-old preschool program option within three years.
The governor's legislative agenda also includes a number of public safety initiatives. As part of his ongoing efforts to address our state's growing problem with substance abuse, the governor unveiled a new initiative: the Governor's Drug Free Work Force. This new educational effort will carry the message: If you get high, you won't get hired. Information about the program can be found at: www.FaceYourFutureWV.com. The governor also proposed legislation to give law enforcement officers implied consent upon reasonable cause if they believe someone is driving under the influence of drugs.
The first session of the 81st West Virginia Legislature will begin work on the governor's bills tomorrow.
To view Gov. Tomblin's remarks, click here: