|Gov. Jim Justice submitted 24 supplemental appropriations bills to the Legislature for consideration. The bills passed both houses and now await the governor’s consideration.
Of the 24 bills, 13 addressed the spending authority for Federal Coronavirus Pandemic funding that is allocated to state agencies for specific programs/services.
Those agencies/programs are:
— Bureau of Senior Services
— Division of Human Services Energy Assistance Fund
— Department of Agriculture
— Division of Culture and History
— Division of Health Community Mental Health Services Fund
— Division of Health Central Office Fund
— Division of Human Services
— Division of Health — Substance Abuse Prevention and Treatment
— Educational Broadcasting Authority
— Library Commission
— Department of Veterans Assistance
— Department of Veterans Assistance — Veterans Home
— Commission for National and Community Service
Eight of the 24 bills propose supplementing funding to certain state agencies in specific line items. The funds for the supplementals will come from the state’s unappropriated General Revenue balance.
The agencies/programs are:
— Division of Culture and History: current expenses, WV Women’s Suffragist Memorial
— Department of Economic Development: Global Economic Development Partnerships
— State Department of Education: WV Professional Charter School Board Fund
— Division of Personnel: direct transfer to the Department of Administration
— Department of Transportation Public Port Authority: direct transfer to the Special Railroad Intermodal Enhancement Fund (The Special Railroad Intermodal Enhancement Fund is authorized to spend funds transferred from the Department of Transportation.)
— Department of Transportation Office of Administrative Hearings
— Governor’s Office Civil Contingent Fund
Three bills do not fall into the categories listed above.
One bill expires funds from the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Recovery Fund and adds it to the General Revenue unappropriated balance.
Another supplements and amends the Budget Bill by transferring a designated amount from the Attorney General’s Consumers Protection Recovery Special Revenue Fund to the Medical Services Trust Fund.
The third bill authorizes the Department of Health and Human Services to spend federal funds as designated under the Consolidated Medical Services Fund.
Bill information is available here.