UPDATE: W.Va. Gov. Signs Budget That Taps Reserves

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

UPDATE 3/20/2014 12:15 PM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed a budget that dips into millions of dollars in state reserves.

Tomblin approved next year's budget Wednesday but vetoed nearly $67 million in spending. Details weren't immediately available.

Tomblin also limited use of the state's Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall to $100 million in 2015.

The proposal passed by lawmakers last week took $147.5 million from the $922 million fund. Another bill that passed could ease the reserves sweep by $21 million.

The budget includes $504 raises for public employees. It also accounts for $1,000 across-the-board raises for teachers and 2 percent raises for school service personnel, which were included in a separate bill.

House Democratic lawmakers opposed increasing cigarette, sales and other taxes.

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia lawmakers passed a budget that dips into millions of dollars in reserves and gives public employees raises.

The Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 77-18 Friday to pass next year's budget. The bill would take $147 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall.

The plan includes $1,000 across-the-board raises for teachers, 2-percent raises for school service personnel and $504 raises for public employees.

House lawmakers, who face re-election this year, opposed increasing the cigarette or sales taxes.

The budget adds $5 million for a Medicaid program that offers seniors in-home care. It also strips $9 million from the attorney general's consumer protection program.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will now consider line-by-line vetoes in the spending plan.

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