The state expected to collect about $461.5 million in severance tax revenue. It actually received $409.7 million from those energy sources.
The price of natural gas stayed low, and coal sales fell by more than 15 percent. The state actually produced about 20 million tons less than it did in fiscal year 2012.
The administration's energy policies have had and will continue to have a harmful effect on well being not just of many West Virginians, but on the health of the state they love.
At present, Pete DuPont noted in The Wall Street Journal, coal is used to generate about 40 percent of the nation's electric power. The United States has enough coal to supply 200 years' worth of demand.
But federal rules make it nearly impossible to build new coal-fired power plants, and the president - with the Senate's support - now intends to set rules that will shut down more existing coal plants.
West Virginians will pay dearly for that, and it seems likely their state government will too.