Facing a $35 million hole that could grow larger, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin announced Tuesday the state will implement a temporary hiring freeze.
“While we have fared better than most states in recent years, our nation’s economic challenges continue to impact our state’s revenue collections,” Tomblin said in a news release today.
“The plan I’m implementing ensures key government services will continue to be provided to our people, and necessary employment positions to deliver those services will be filled,” he continued.
Through February tax collections for the General Revenue Fund were down $35 million, according to the news release. With the threat of that number ballooning, the freeze restricts any hires on positions funded through General Revenue.
The freeze goes into effect immediately, and lasts until the end of the fiscal year (June 30). Unfilled positions or jobs that are vacated during that time won’t be filled, but this doesn’t mean there will be furloughs or layoffs, according to the news release. Any jobs funded by money that doesn’t come from General Revenue are unaffected by the freeze.
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