- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A nonprofit coalition is urging Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to restore $1 million in state funding for early childhood and other family resource programs.

The Our Children, Our Future campaign to end child poverty said Wednesday it is seeking to have the funding reconsidered at an upcoming legislative special session.

The cuts included $388,000 for domestic violence-related programs; $250,000 for in-home family education; $200,000 for child advocacy centers, $150,000 for family resource centers and networks; and $80,000 for child abuse prevention.

Tomblin made the cuts in a line-item veto last month. They were among about $67 million in vetoes in 42 spending areas.

The group has requested a meeting with Tomblin. His outgoing public policy director, Hallie Mason, says two members of Tomblin’s cabinet will meet with the group Friday.



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