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Page 6 B - Thursday, June 16, 2016 - The GlenvUle Democrat The Glenvllle Pathfinder- Glenvllle, WV 26351 Capitol Comments - by Delegate Roger Hanshaw Recently the West Vir- ginia Legislature adopted a budget and sent it to Governor Earl Ray Tomblin' s desk for signa- ture. This was the second balanced budget passed by the House of Delegates, one during the regular ses- sion in March, and an- other in the special ses- sion last week. The ver- sion sent to Governor Tomblin filled the gaps in the 2017 budget in two ways - (1) reducing spending in certain gov- ernment programs, and (2) taking money from the state's revenue shortfall fund. The adopted bud- get fully funds the PEIA program and keeps the Promise Scholarship Pro- gram funded. While this budget doesn't make any- one completely happy, it does balance the state's finances for the next year without increasing any taxes. All of West Vir- ginia is now waiting to see if Governor Tomblin will sign this budget or veto it and force the Leg- islature to spend more time and money writing a third budget. In my last column I ex- plained a bit about how the state budget process works. This week I want to give you a picture of how West Virginia spends its money. The state's fiscal year begins on July 1 each year. The budget for fiscal year 2017, which begins in less than a month, contains approxi- mately $12.8 billion in spending. Interestingly, the budget for fiscal year 2008 was just a little more than $10 billion. Many have wondered over the past several weeks how our state, which has steadily lost population over the last decade, could have increased our bud- get by over $2 billion in that time. The answer in- volves a long list of spe- cial programs created by the legislature, money transferred from the fed- eral government, and other decisions made by prior legislators and gov- ernors over the past de- cade, all of which have resulted in over $2 billion worth of new spending in the past eight years. The total $12.8 billion in spending proposed for fiscal year 2017 consists of a few major sources. For example, West Vir- ginia will receive nearly $4.5 billion, over a third of our entire budget, in federal funds next year, almost all of which must be spent in a specific way dictated by the federal government. Approxi- mately $1.26 billion will come from money di- rected into the state road fund. The proposed bud- get contains millions more for road maintenance than last year,but those dollars must be spent in specific ways. Approximately an- other one-third of our bud- get comes in as general revenue dollars. This $4 billion in spending is what the legislature actually has available in order to make cuts in spending to bal- ance the budget. In our general revenue budget, that $4 billion that isn't required to be spent in a certain way, West Vir- ginia must fund public education, the DHHR, higher education pro- grams, the courts, senior programs, veterans' assis- tance initiatives, and a long list of other programs familiar to many. Now, over $1.9 billion, nearly half of the entire general revenue budget, is allo- cated for public education. Under our state constitu- tion, we are required to fund the public schools, andmany counties believe they are already underfunded. Another $1 billion from the general revenue is used to fund DHHR and the various programs administered by that office. For those who want to see the state's budget balanced through cuts to programs alone, that leaves another $1 bil- lion, which funds the en- tire rest of the state gov- ernment, to be cut. These programs are the only available places where the legislature can actually make cuts to state govern- ment spending without the cooperation of the gover- nor. Changing the exist- ing balance of spending requires that we either change the laws which dictate how spending is done, or amend our con- stitution to change how we fund public education. Both are hard, and many West Virginia's have very different opinions about which way we should go as a state to achieve a bal- anced budget. For now, we await the governor's decision on the budget adopted by the Legisla- ture last week. In other news, the Leg- islature also adopted ab'fll last week which makes needed changes to the rules which govern our farmers, coal, and natural gas industries. For many farmers and natural gas producers in our area, the rules adopted three years ago to govern storage tanks were a step too far and represented an un- workable burden on these industries. The new rules adopted last week sub- stantially reduce that bur- den on tank owners and focus DEP' s enforcement efforts on only those tanks that pose an actual threat to public water supplies. This is a far more sensible approach to dealing with this issue and should re- lieve the burden on our local industries. The legislature ad- journed in the special ses- sion last week until June 12, which coincides with the regularly scheduled interim meetings. When the legislature reconvenes next week, we will know whether Governor Tomblin signs the bud- get, or chooses to leave West Virginia waiting for the legislature to develop yet another approach. We shall soon see. Best Regards, Roger Hanshaw Students Named to GSC Honor Rolls The names of students who attained the Glenville State College President's and Vice President's Honor Rolls for the Spring 2016 semester have been announced. To be named to the President's Honor List, a student must have a 4.0 grade point average on a minimum of 12 semester hours. The students making the President's HonorList are listed as follows accord- ing to their county of resi- dence: Braxton County: Larissa E. DeLuca, Da- kota S. Johnson, Connie L. Roberts, Emmitt R. Wayne Calhoun County: Moriah J. Creelfox, Sr., Kelsey E. Jett, Danielle N. Kendall, Quentin J. Murphy, Emily L. Snyder, Lucas E. Wilson Doddridge County: Ryan M. Mizia Gilmer County: Ezekiel G. Bonnett, An- drew B. Butcher, Heather M. Coleman, Larisa D. Gordon, Emily E. Ramezan,Wesley A. Serf, Nathan S. Spencer, Hilari E. Sprouse, Valeri M. Sprouse, Zaon A. Starseed, Kyle M. Troutman, Lexsey A. Wagner, Trevor D. Wright Harrison County: Colfin R. Rogers Lewis County: Brenna A. Gibbons, Justin P. Raines,J'Aime L. Shearer Ritchie County: De- von C. Cunningham, Kimberly A. Smith Roane County: Geor- gia B. Bing To be named to the GSC Vice President's Honor Roll, students must have grade point averages between 3.5 and 3o0 and be enrolled in a minimum of 12 se- mester hours. The students maldn" g the Vice President's Honor List are listed as follows according to their county of resi- dence: Braxton County: Crystal L. Barrow, Jor- dan D. Barton, Bridget D. Carr, Caleb Cline, Tyler We(come ro the.. q(ame of W'V's q'fobe( & Pu(itzer rize :nni, f4ut:hor! lsamodest Nefeem 6, K. Cunningham, Ashlee N. James, David L. Malcomb, Madison S. Oney, Charity C. Ramsey, Teddy J. Richardson, Cami D. Roberts, Randy A. Stiers, Erica N. Toler, Michael F. Wasylyk, Si- erra R. Young Calhoun County: Au- tumn J. Harkins, Cassandra D. Lamont, Clayton Swisher D0ddrid County: JoshuaL. Smith,Lindsey G. Travis Gilmer County: Katelyn S. Benson, Monica D. Bush, Sarah A. Chapman, Jonathan E. Clark, Elisabeth A. Coombs, Michaela L. Gumm, Monica A. Harper,Meghan Harubin, Jaylin K. Johnson, AmandaR.Lamb,Wesley E. Lane, Tonya L. Lyons, Hannah M. McCune, Cody M. Moore, Jason D. Rosenburg, II, Mistie R: Starcher, Tiffany D. Young Harrison County: Hannah J. Barron, Abraham J. Hummel, Hannah M. Mick, Kayla B. Rose, Amy A. Weiss Lewis County: James Z. Browning, Mariah L. Daniels, Jennifer M. Eiler, DestinyL. Grimes, AbigailE. Jerden, MichaelW. Marion, James W. Martin, III, Daniel M. Pascasio, De- von B. Southall, Kelly L. Weaver Ritchie County: Trin- ity R. Muschweck, Brianna N. Ratliff Roane County: Brianna D. Batten, Kathy J. Childers, Bonita J. Schreckengost, Cassidy M. Taylor Summer Kids' Day Every fall, just before Halloween, the Gilmer County Farmers' Market holds a special Kids' Day, when children of all ages participate in fun activi- ties. Because of the popu- laxity of Kids' Day, the GCFM will now hold the event twice a year. Satur- day, June 25, marks the first annual Summer Kids' Day. The market opens at 9 aJn., and the fun starts at 10aan. The Gilmer County Master Gardeners will help kids paint flowerpots. T an- her Leather Works will make leather name brace- lets. The Gilmer County Historical Society willhold a 4th of July Poster Con- test with great prizes (con- test ends at noon), 8a : willalso be available. Last Mouse Desi help kids make beaded jewelry and decorate delicious cookies. Kids can adopt a pet rock and pick up the GCFM Coloring & Activity Book, created es- pecially for Kids' Day. Zandy and Carol Moler will perform Living His- tory storytelling, and (weather permitting) the Pennebakers will offer photos with a goat and a goat milking demonstra- tion. All activities are free. Hot dogs and beverages fall's I ds' Day was a great success. "Kids' Day is a wonderful experience for families ," notes Market Di- rector Mary Lee McPherson."We hope this summer's Kids' Day will be even more fun and ex- citing." The market is lo- cated at 720 North Lewis Street (next to the Senior Center) in Glenville. Summer Serves as Great Reminder to Check Your Child's Immunization Status Health officials with the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Re- sources (DHHR) Bureau for Public Health are urg- ing parents to have their children's immunization status reviewed early in the summer in order to be pre- pared for the start of the 2016-2017 school year. "Now is the time for par- ents to begin scheduling re- quired school vaccinations with their doctor's offices as many health care pro- viders will be very busy with immunizations and sports physicals in the weeks prior to the start of school," said Dr. Rahul Gupta, Commissioner and State Health Officer. "We need to ensure our children are safe from vaccine-pre- ventable diseases." The required school en- try shots for West Virginia are: Children entering a West Virginia school for the fwst time from kinder- garten through grade 12 are required to have the DTaP, polio, MMR, chickenpox and hepatitis B vaccines. Children who are not be- hind schedule can receive school entry "booster" doses. 7th graders must show proof they received a dose of Tdap vaccine, which pro- tects against tetanus, diph- theria, and pertussis (whooping cough); and a dose of the meningitis vac- cine. 12th graders must show proof of a dose of Tdap and a second dose of the men- ingitis vaccine, if the first dose of the meningitis vac- cine was given before the child's sixteenth birthday. If the first dose was given after the 16th birthday, a second dose of the menin- gifts vaccine is notrequired. "Age-appropriate immu- nization protects the pub- lic health of not only the immunized students from vaccine-preventable dis- eases, but also reduces the risk of spreading diseases to classmates including those with weakened im- mune systems, pre-school aged children, the elderly and others," Gupta added. To learn more about re- quired school entry immu- nizations, please visit www immunization.wv gov. personal. 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