Legislature takes second hiatus as July 1 shutdown looms
Phil Kabler, Charleston Gazette-Mail
With the Senate and House of Delegates still seemingly miles apart on how to raise revenue to close a $260 million gap in the 2017-18 state budget, the Legislature agreed Wednesday to put the special session on a second hiatus — to June 5 — to allow time to try to work with Gov. Jim Justice to come up with a compromise.
The action Wednesday evening brought the 10th day of the special session on the 2017-18 budget to a dramatic conclusion, as Senate and House leadership continued to refuse to budge from their respective revenue plans.
Senate President Mitch Carmichael, R-Jackson, said the second break — the Legislature initially met May 4-5 before breaking to May 15 — will give Justice a chance to see if he can bring all sides to the table to come up with an agreement.