West Virginia Ranks Below Average

West Virginia ranks below the national average in a study of state governments.

The Pew Center on the States ranked the states based on how well they manage their budgets, staffs, infrastructure and information.

West Virginia received a C-plus overall. It's one of 19 states to score below the national average, which was a B-minus.

Of the four subject areas studied, the Mountain State received a B for money management, but Cs for policies dealing with public employee hiring and retention, information services and infrastructure.

Lara Ramsburg, a spokeswoman for Governor Manchin, says the study does recognize the state's efforts to get a handle on pension debt and to implement controls to protect its fiscal health.

She says the areas of concern mentioned in the study have already been identified by state officials as areas to work on.

The "Grading the States" report card, released Monday, was the fourth in a series of assessments issued by Pew's Government Performance Project and Governing Magazine. The last was released in 2005.

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