From other editors’ desks . . .
West Virginia lawmakers did make sure the state government will keep it’s doors open past June 30 when they passed a budget recently. Governor Justice opted to let it stand, with the threat of a shutdown looming large. Altogether, the special budget session was, to your average Mountaineer, a big show of wastefulness.
The session cost around $600,000 in extra pay and expenses for lawmakers and staff. That’s roughly what the budget cut out of the governor’s budget to support arts grants, fairs and festivals in the state next year.
These cuts happened literally at the moment that the Division of Tourism asked state residents to help them brand West Virginia as #AlmostHeaven to the outside world.
Guess how a lot of people from outside the state find out about West Virginia, and decide to move here? Through our music, heritage and arts festivals. Guess who benefits from our fairs and festival? Little towns like ours, all over West Virginia.