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June-03-2016

Legislature passes budget, takes $245 million in one-time funds
By Phil Kabler, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Unable to pass tax increases or make major cuts in government spending, the West Virginia Legislature amended and passed a budget bill Thursday evening that uses $245 million in Rainy Day reserve funds and one-time money to close a $270 million gap in the 2016-17 state budget.

The bill (HB 101) passed the Senate on a party-line 18-16 vote. Later...

June-03-2016

Senate, House pass budget, leave Charleston for now
By Jeff Jenkins, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The state Legislature went home Thursday night after passing a budget bill that many are predicting will be vetoed by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

The bill fills a projected $270 million revenue hole mostly with $122 million in spending cuts and $182 million from the state’s Rainy Day fund. Lawmakers rejected the governor’s tax increase proposals that would...

June-02-2016

Boone schools want payroll money from the state
By Ryan Quinn, The Charleston Gazette-Mail

Boone County Schools’ departing superintendent, who said early last month that “I have every expectation, and no expectation otherwise, that we will be meeting payroll,” didn’t rule out Wednesday the possibility that school workers would miss paychecks if lawmakers don’t soon approve giving $2.2 million more to the school system.

“I anticipate no problem in meeting...

June-02-2016

Nearly $200 million from Rainy Day Fund now in proposed 2017 budget
By Shauna Johnson, WV MetroNews

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Though he admitted he does not like taking nearly $200 million from West Virginia’s Rainy Day Fund to balance the state’s budget for 2017, House Speaker Tim Armstead (R-Kanawha, 48) sees that as the best option for lawmakers right now — nearly three weeks into a Special Session and less than a month ahead of the start of the new fiscal year....

June-01-2016

SPECIAL SESSION UPDATE:

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Mike Hall, R-Putnam, has cancelled this morning's committee meeting, which was going to take up a 1 percent increase in the sales tax.

"There's just several issues relative to the whole process. ... We thought we had a possible outcome that might be good," Hall said.

One issue is that Senate Minortiy Leader Jeff Kessler, D-Marshall, wants some Republican caucus support for the 1 percent sales tax...

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