CHARLESTON, WV – Gov. Jim Justice
issued a trio of executive orders today.
The full executive orders are available to view on Governor.wv.gov.
Summaries of the orders are as follows:
Executive Order 46-20:
As a result of casinos being ordered closed from March 18 – June 5, 2020
due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this order suspends the regulatory statute
requiring that racetrack table game licensees pay the West Virginia Lottery
Commission as part of their application for renewal by July 1, 2020,
extending the due date until October 1, 2020.
Executive Order 47-20:
Notifying the Legislature of the Governor’s intention to borrow from the
Revenue Shortfall Reserve Fund to meet General Revenue cash flow
obligations for the start of the new fiscal year; FY2021. This transfer
occurs annually. The amount being transferred this year is $68.6 million.
The State of West Virginia will close Fiscal Year 2020 with no budget cuts.
Executive Order 48-20 orders the Department of Health and Human Resources, The Department of Education, the Department of Commerce, and the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety* to effect a spending authority reduction of their General Revenue appropriations for FY2020 by the following amounts:
- Department of Health and Human Resources: by a minimum of $186 million
- Department of Education: by a minimum of $2 million
- Department of Commerce: by a minimum of $1 million
- Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety: by a minimum of $9 million.
DHHR’s $186 million general revenue spending authority reduction was offset by $186 million of funding from other sources, including the increased Federal Medicaid match rate which is a part of the CARES Act. There was no reduction in Medicaid services or programs whatsoever.
The other spending authority reductions of $12 million were attributable to funds which were set to expire at the close of the fiscal year.
These reductions are for money included in the FY2020 budget that was unspent by each agency which would have expired on June 30, 2020, the end of FY 2020.
*On May 28, 2020, the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety became the Department of Homeland Security after the passage of Senate Bill 586 during the 2020 Legislation Session. However, in the FY2020 Budget Bill, the agency was titled "Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety" because SB586 had not yet gone into effect.
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