West Virginia just weeks away from a partial government shutdown

By Chase Numbers

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s plan to veto the state budget that was passed by the Legislature last week has many West Virginia residents afraid the government will partially shut down, but lawmakers from both parties said not to worry.

“No fears, I cannot see any scenario under which the government will shut down,” said West Virginia Delegate Matthew Rohrbach (R-Cabell).

“I don’t believe we will let the government shut down. I am not sure what steps we will take; there were questions about the furlough bill and all that sort of thing but I don’t think we will get to that state,” said West Virginia Delegate Jim Morgan (D-Cabell).

Both lawmakers agreed the veto isn’t the best possible scenario, but it is still a step forward in the process.

“I think the veto is going to get the Governor a little more at the table because he can ultimately veto whatever we come up with,” Rohrbach said. “So we need him at the table as an active participant so we can work out a solution to this problem.”

“There is not much use in us developing a plan that he is not going to accept, so I look for the Governor to give us some strong leadership now,” Morgan added.

Both lawmakers also agree one of the main reasons why the budget isn’t finished is because most members of the legislature have too much party pride.

“What I am tired of is the lack of statesmanship in Charleston right now,” Rohrbach said. “We need people that want to compromise and work for the common good and get a solution worked out that is equitable and probably a combination of several different things.”

“Started out as who wanted what and ended up as ‘this is my political view and that’s yours and I don’t like it,'” Morgan added. “And we need to be big boys and big girls and get to work on this all together.”