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March 22, 2014

W.Va. official: Patrol funding glitch to be fixed

BECKLEY (AP) — The West Virginia Courtesy patrol has been left with no funding for the next fiscal year, but a state official says the problem will be remedied.

The Courtesy Patrol is a welfare-to-work initiative that provides roadside assistance to motorists in West Virginia. Its current budget is $4.7 million.

Jason Pizatella is Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s deputy chief of staff. He tells The Herald-Register (http://bit.ly/1dbrL2j ) that the Legislature recently made some changes to some lottery funds, including one that supports the Courtesy Patrol. He says neither the governor nor the Legislature intended to leave the patrol unfunded, and the program is too important to fall by the wayside.

He says Tomblin will ask lawmakers to appropriate the money before the start of the new fiscal year July 1.

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