May 21, 2014

What a difference a day makes

Yesterday's post was kind of a downer about how it seemed impossible to restore funding for programs for kids and families that were cut in the WV state budget by Gov. Tomblin.

It turns out that state legislators had a trick or two up their sleeves at the special session. In a surprise move (probably as much to the governor as to advocates), the WV House unanimously restored funding to domestic violence programs, child advocacy centers, family resource centers and networks and other programs. The Senate overwhelmingly concurred. And, at this point, it looks like the governor is OK with the result.

Read more on that here.

As early as this morning, I would have given this zero probability of occurring, at least within several months. And Republicans were as insistent on restoring the funding as Democrats. In some cases, more so.

It just goes to show you never know. Thanks and congratulations to all the kids, families and advocates who pushed for this. Having a few hundred folks hit the capitol yesterday certainly didn't hurt either.

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