He went on to say during the meeting that the combination of rising tuition costs and any cut to Promise scholarship could lead to a serious problem for the program.
He was trying to convey the idea that any reduction in public funding could lead to less money for Promise scholarships during the interviewed used in the Sunday article, Schumaker said Monday.
The article led to comments critical of Tomblin from Bill Maloney, the Republican candidate for governor. In a press release Monday morning, Maloney cited the article as proof that Tomblin had "issued orders earlier this year to cut funding for West Virginia's Promise Scholarships..."
Seth Wimer, Maloney's campaign manager, said the portion of the campaign statement about Tomblin's orders earlier this year is referencing the 7.5 percent budget reductions. He also said Maloney does not want to cut funding for Promise, but he would eliminate state funding that goes to people who breed greyhounds.
Tomblin's family owns a kennel that has received at least $2.5 million from the fund since 2000, according to a February article in the Daily Mail. Wimer did not clarify how any of that money would affect the Promise scholarship.
In an email Monday Stadelman did not say whether funding for the Promise scholarship would specifically be cut, but said Tomblin is committed "to work with higher education officials to minimize the impact of fiscally responsible budget cuts."
He accused Maloney of rejecting $400 million in "federal education funding" and relying on sound bites to address complex issues. Wimer said Tomblin is lying.
Last year the state appropriated $47.5 million for the Promise program. Lottery funds earned through video gambling machines accounted for $29 million, with the remaining $18.5 million coming from general revenue.
In May the commission staff recommend keeping the same academic requirements for the award through the 2013-14 academic year. The commission's Higher Education Student Financial Aid Advisory Board recommended in May to keep funding the scholarship at its current levels, according to documents provided by Schumaker.
Since Tomblin's August announcement about the 7.5 percent cuts, Schumaker said the board is examining the potential effect cuts would have on all of the commission's financial aid programs. Those discussions are in the preliminary stages, she said.
The governor generally presents the state's official budget - and any cuts therein - each year at the beginning of the legislative session.