(07/26/2005)
Calhoun County will get a new State Police barracks costing $250,000, a project sought by Del. Bill Stemple.

The barracks has been proposed to be constructed at the entrance to Calhoun-Middle High School.

Gov. Joe Manchin vetoed $8.7 million in projects when he signed the budget bill last April.

Most of those items have been restored, including the Calhoun project.

House Finance Chairman Harold Michael (D-Hardy) questioned Manchin's authority in vetoing the projects. Michael has brought home more money per capita to his district, by far, than any other legislator in the state using digest or contingency funds.

House Speaker Bob Kiss (D-Raleigh) defended Michael, saying legislators with tenue "bring home the bacon."

After a delay caused by a pending lawsuit, legislators have completed this year's budget digest.

The digest lists about $26 million dollars worth of spending recommendations, including about $15 million dollars of items requested by individual lawmakers.

A list of Budget Digest funding for Calhoun will likely be released by Stemple.


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