CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has implemented a temporary hiring freeze to reduce state spending.
Governor Tomblin announced the temporary hiring freeze Tuesday morning. According to a news release, the freeze affects all agencies within the Executive Branch.
According to a news release, through the end of February, the State's General Revenue tax collections were $35 million below budget forecast and the slowdown in collections is expected to continue.
The hiring freeze went into effect immediately and will remain in effect until at least June 30.
"Throughout my public service career, I have adamantly advocated for and implemented plans to promote fiscal responsibility," Gov. Tomblin said. "While we have fared better than most states in recent years, our nation's economic challenges continue to impact our state's revenue collections. 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. This will help us ensure our financial house will remain in order at fiscal year end."
This freeze will not result in any furloughs or layoffs, according to the release. Positions within the Executive Branch that are, or become vacant, will remain open unless otherwise approved by the Governor.