By Jonathan Williams
Times West Virginian
A balanced budget, education, prison reform and much more made appearances in Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s State of the State address Wednesday evening.
The speech laid out the governor’s proposals and goals for the 2013 legislative session, and Marion County legislators are optimistic about the challenges facing them this year.
“This is what we’re here for,” said state Sen. Roman Prezioso.
After listing highlights of the past legislative year and discussing the challenges the state’s finances faced with lowered revenues and a shaky economic future, the governor announced the state’s budget.
“The budget I present to you is balanced with no new taxes,” Tomblin said to great applause.