CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State Police civilian employees and West Virginia's Racing Commission are among those who can expect less funding in the new state budget.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin applied his line-item veto power Wednesday to shave $13.5 million from the $11.6 billion spending plan before signing it. The Democrat also scaled back increases approved by lawmakers for rape crisis centers, health care clinics and substance abuse programs. The new budget year begins July 1.

The bulk of the cuts, around $9.9 million, reflect a revised estimate of how much the state must put toward the main pension fund for teachers. Improved investment earnings means the Teachers Retirement System needs less from the new state budget as it gradually closes a multibillion-dollar funding liability.

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