WVa Lawmakers Pass Extra Spending Bills, Adjourn

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's legislature has finished its latest special session after voting to increase state spending by $39.1 million.

The House of Delegates on Wednesday approved all six supplemental appropriation bills proposed by Gov. Joe Manchin and unanimously passed by the senate on Monday.

The new spending includes $15 million for roads and bridges, $7.4 million for higher education and $3.8 million for flood relief.

At least $7 million will restore cuts to the new budget that takes effect July 1, but only as one-time funding.

Measures also reassigned $6.1 million already in the budget.
Those allow state debt payments, improvements at community and technical colleges and federal matching funds for the division of rehabilitation services.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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