Tomblin noted that the governor's office is among the affected agencies, but that the cut applies to budgets and not salaries.
Maloney echoed budget-paring steps frequently cited by candidates: running the state like a business, for instance, and targeting waste and abuse. His more specific ideas include increased drilling for natural gas and other natural resources beneath state parks and other public lands.
Maloney also proposed tackling costs from the Public Employees Insurance Agency, which provides health care to active and retired public employees, by covering them through health savings accounts. Each employee would get a set amount annually for their health care.
"If you don't go to the doctor, at the end of the year, it's yours," Maloney said. "We need to promote people thinking about their health care decisions. I don't think there is a lot of thought right now, especially with folks who have insurance like PEIA."
PEIA already offers health savings accounts to employees who choose its high-deductible coverage option. Around 200 employees have that plan, according to PEIA officials.
Tomblin opposes touching benefits for current active employees and retirees. He said he would consider changes to benefits offered to future hires, and cited his recent legislation that will gradually close a funding gap projected for retiree health costs.
The two candidates differ on whether West Virginia needs an intermediate appeals court. Tomblin cited how the Supreme Court recently revised its rules for handling appeals, to address complaints from businesses about the fairness of West Virginia's judicial system.
"The court has agreed to give an opinion on every case that comes before it, as to what their reasoning is," Tomblin said. "I think we need to let those changes operate. Let's see how they work before we go in and put in another multimillion-dollar layer in our court system."
Maloney believes the revamped rules fall short.
"A law clerk will tell you why you lost, pretty much. That's what it is," Maloney said. "You really don't have an automatic right of appeal."
Besides creating an intermediate appeals court, Maloney also advocates further changes to the way defendants are assigned shares of jury damage awards to pay in civil cases.
Maloney cited how pro-business groups rate West Virginia poorly for its courts, and said the state's poor rankings for work force, education and income helped spur him to run. Tomblin counters that the state has seen its tax climate improve, has become a leader among other states for growth in economic output and exports, and has been credited for expanding pre-kindergarten education, among other areas.