Charleston Gazette Mail
West Virginia’s Fiscal Year 2023 has concluded with an unprecedented revenue surplus of $1.8 billion over estimates, marking the second consecutive year of shattering the state’s all-time record, according to Gov. Jim Justice.
Announcing the numbers last week, Justice heralded the accomplishment as a turning point for West Virginia, emphasizing the state’s growth, employment opportunities and improved global image. However, as the surplus was celebrated, others called out what they described as the intentional underfunding of public services, which has affected education, emergency services and other critical areas.
Justice expressed pride in the announcement, attributing the surplus to the collective efforts of West Virginians. He pledged to utilize the unappropriated funds for strategic investments in infrastructure, federal matches and tourism promotion, aiming to further enhance West Virginia’s attractiveness to residents, businesses and visitors.
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