Updated Wed, Feb 13, 2013 11:04 am
Public schools, inmate crowding and a challenging budget picture are expected topics in West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin's latest State of the State address.
Wednesday's edition of the speech will be the Democrat's first since he won election to a full term last year. Tomblin previously completed an unexpired term as the state's chief executive.
Tomblin is expected to embrace education proposals in his address and subsequent legislative agenda. He's likely to draw from an in-depth audit that scrutinized the bureaucracy and rules surrounding public schools.
The governor also should tap another recent study for measures that aim to ease crowding in prisons and jails.
Tomblin also will present a new state spending plan for the coming budget year. It should include around $75 million in cuts.