Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- After waiting more than a month, West Virginia's legislature has begun trimming nearly $200 million from the state's next budget.
The House and Senate returned Tuesday to amend and pass the multibillion-dollar spending plan that takes effect July 1.
Lawmakers chose to wait until after their regular session ended in April, to get a clearer picture of the recession-rocked economy.
After gaveling in, legislators also began fixing some of the errors in regular session bills that prompted vetoes from Gov. Joe Manchin.
The senators and delegates have given themselves until June 6 to complete this extended session. If they finish early, Manchin wants to follow with a special session to revisit additional regular session bills that failed.
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