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A first pitch, then a budget switch

Gov. Jim Justice throws the first pitch at the site of a planned Marshall University baseball stadium after presenting the school with $13.8 million for the project in September. A Governor’s Office-controlled fund into which the office transferred $28.3 million in unused CARES Act money supplied $10 million for the project.

With nearly a quarter of the West Virginia Legislature’s 2023 regular session over, lawmakers have expressed little concern about a $28.3 million transfer of federal COVID-19 stimulus money that was unexpended at the federal spending deadline or what became of the money afterward.

On Sept. 30, almost a thousand days after Gov. Jim Justice declared a COVID-19 state of emergency in West Virginia, $28,375,985 remained in West Virginia’s CARES Act cash balance, according to State Auditor’s Office data.

Mike Tony covers energy and the environment. He can be reached at 304-348-1236 or mtony@hdmedia

llc.com. Follow @Mike__Tony on Twitter.

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