Revenues have continually fallen short of expectations, but Tomblin has turned to other sources to cover shortfall.
The state's general revenue fund, which is primarily funded by income and sales taxes, was expected to be $93 million below initial projections as the fiscal year came to a close on Sunday.
Tomblin announced on Friday that he was, by executive order, cutting nearly $18 million from future Medicaid funding.
Acting revenue secretary Jason Pizzatella told the Associated Press on Friday that the cut was temporary and they would ask the Legislature to restore the funds during their next session.
In April Tomblin asked the Legislature to cut $28 million from the budget, in addition to the already planned 7.5 percent across-the-board spending cuts.
The state also used a $45 million special account, normally used to pay income tax refunds, to fill in disappointing tax revenue.
The state Constitution requires a balanced budget at the end of every fiscal year.
"The elimination of the food tax is part of a larger effort to make the tax system fairer, efficient and balanced for both families and businesses," Mark Matkovich, the state's acting tax commissioner, said in a written statement.
West Virginia has also passed legislation that will, in the near future, cut corporate income taxes and a tax on business equity.
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