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Perdue: West Virginia’s state finances doing well during pandemic

WHEELING — West Virginia Treasurer John Perdue says the state’s finances continue to do well during the COVID-19 pandemic, but his office is struggling to get out financial education to the state’s school children.

Perdue, who is seeking re-election to his seventh term in office, stopped by the Ohio County Democratic headquarters in Wheeling on Tuesday to help commemorate National Voter Registration Day. Volunteers were set up at tables in Market Plaza, and seeking to assist voters needing to register to vote.

“The state is doing pretty well this year considering everything,” Perdue said. “We’re in a surplus. I think we’ll finish this quarter coming, and we’ll still be up.

“I really believe we’ve adjusted well. Now that everything is getting back to normal … we’ll continue to balance the budget in the state.”

He said the closing of schools this year has hurt his office and its “Get A Life Program,” where employees of the treasurer’s office go to schools to teach students about finances and budgeting through real-life game experiences.

“It’s a national award-winning program,” Perdue said. “Now we’re doing it online, and it’s just not the same.

“It’s not what it was, because it is a little more of a hands-on program. I hope we can get back to that, because it’s made a difference for a lot of kids.”

The West Virginia Treasurer’s Office also returned a record $17 million during the last fiscal year to the public through its Unclaimed Property Fund. The office lists on its website the names of people whose property or bank accounts have gone unclaimed by family.

“And it’s looking good now,” Perdue said of the return of money in 2020-21.. “There are more people online looking.”

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