The Department of Health and Human Resources has the most money in unexpended reappropriations, at $64.24 million. Then again, with annual general revenue appropriations at about $1 billion, it's second only to public education in terms of state expenditures.
About $25.86 million of that is from various institutional facilities operations accounts surpluses. Odd, didn't the DHHR recently settle a lawsuit for failing to give court-ordered pay raises to employees at the state's two psychiatric hospitals?
The Development Office has $28.58 million put away in various economic development assistance accounts that can be used to lure new business to the state.
The Department of Agriculture has $9.9 million squirreled away, with $6.19 million of that in funds for soil conservation projects.
Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, who last week asked the Legislature for $1.85 million in supplemental appropriations, inherited $385,135 in various surplus reappropriations.
And, another relatively small agency that has more than a year's worth of operating expenses put away in unexpended reappropriations is the Division of Protective Services, the Capitol Complex police force.
Protective Services has $3.79 million in reserve, with $3.44 million in various unclassified accounts. With an annual operating budget of $2.3 million, that would be enough to keep DPS going for more than a year and a half.
Finally, that the sales tax TIF bill for the University Town Centre (SB125) development appears to be fast-tracked is good news not only for the greater Morgantown area, but for Charleston as well.
Part of the development will be a $15 million ballpark for the West Virginia University baseball team, and according to news reports, for the Pittsburgh Pirates' affiliate in the New York-Penn League, a short-season Class A league.
Besides becoming the fourth professional baseball team in West Virginia, at a level above Rookie League teams in Bluefield and Princeton, and a level below the full-season Class A West Virginia Power, it would create a symbolic link between the state's pre-eminent cities.
With the Power also being a Pirates' affiliate, there would be a connection between Morgantown and Charleston, with players regularly being promoted and demoted between the two teams.
Conversely, Power fans will be able to make the short road trip north to scout next season's prospects, and Morgantown team fans will be able to drive south to see their former players competing at the next level.
Since we have the Power in Charleston, maybe the Morgantown ball club could be named the Glory ...
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.