Charleston, W.VA. – Education and the Arts Cabinet
Secretary Gayle Manchin addressed local community leaders and concerned
citizens recently regarding the significant budget deficits facing the state of
West Virginia as part of Gov. Jim Justice’s Save Our State (SOS) tour. Press
conferences were held at the West Virginia State Office Building in Clarksburg
on March 6, and at the West Virginia State Office Building in
Huntington on March 3, where Secretary Manchin advocated the governor’s plan
for improving the state’s economy, which includes balancing the budget and
creating jobs for West Virginia’s future.
Secretary Manchin discussed how drastic
cuts to state government will cost West Virginia’s citizens in the long run. Extreme
cuts to services provided by state government programs will considerably affect
many of West Virginia’s most vulnerable citizens, including people with disabilities
and senior citizens.
More than 13,000 West Virginians with
disabilities receive disability-related employment services through the
Division of Rehabilitation Services, with 6,000 transitioning high school students
receiving career planning, pre-employment transition services and postsecondary
educational support. State budget reductions may force an even larger waiting
list for these vital services.
The Division of Rehabilitation Services
is part of the Office of Education and the Arts.
Video and audio from the event in
Clarksburg have been uploaded to the internet at the following link: https://youtu.be/xD48uBltE7U
For more information, please contact Tracy Carr at 304-356-2061 or Tracy.J.Carr@wv.gov.