CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- State Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss told Senate Finance Committee members they will be receiving a detailed breakdown of Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's proposal to cut about $39 million in state Lottery appropriations in the 2014-15 budget.
Sen. Ron Stollings, D-Boone, said legislators are being approached by those that would take some of the largest cuts under the bill, including thoroughbred and greyhound racing interests and cities and counties with racetrack casinos.
"I had no doubt you would be approached," Kiss said of the cuts to percentage appropriations that are built into state Lottery laws (SB385).
In the 2012-13 budget year, the so-called statutory transfers totaled $226.8 million, with subsidies for the thoroughbred and greyhound racing industries amounting to $87.6 million and payments to racetrack counties and cities totaling $40.4 million.
Tomblin's bill would cut funding for those and most other statutory transfers by 15 percent.
"Keep in mind, they will still be receiving 85 percent," Kiss said.
Lottery Director John Musgrave noted that when the Legislature first put the percentages into law in the early days of the Lottery, they may have anticipated annual payments much smaller than what they ultimately grew to be with expansion of gaming statewide.