State Hiring Freeze Continues

Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss said a freeze on state government hiring will remain in effect indefinitely. The mid-fiscal year freeze ordered by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin affects all non-essential state positions. Kiss says the freeze saved the state an estimated $33 million in the previous fiscal year's second half and helped the state avoid ending the fiscal year in the red. Kiss said the state began the new fiscal year Tuesday with a $3 million general revenue surplus. The surplus could grow to $40 million by the end of July due to better tax collections in June, excess money that agencies might not have spent and extra lottery funds.