House, Senate likely to pass differing WV budget bills
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette Mail
The West Virginia House and Senate are poised Wednesday to pass versions of the 2017-18 state budget that are miles apart from each other and even further from Gov. Jim Justice’s budget proposal, a $4.394 billion budget that requires $224 million in new taxes.
With the Governor’s Office indicating that he will veto either legislative version of the budget, prospects for a repeat of the 2016 budget impasse appear to be growing as the 2017 regular session nears its conclusion late Saturday.
The Senate has proposed a bare-bones $4.102 billion budget, with no tax increases, but with more than $160 million in cuts to public education, higher education, Medicaid and public health programs (SB 199).