WV House Cuts $197M, Passes Revised Budget Bill

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- West Virginia's House of Delegates has passed a new state budget, embracing most of the nearly $200 million worth of cuts recommended by Gov. Joe Manchin.

Delegates narrowly voted 76-19 Wednesday to suspend their rules and allow for passage a day earlier than scheduled.

They then advanced the revised spending measure to the senate by 82-13.

The budget bill includes $4.2 billion worth of spending backed by general tax and lottery revenues.

But it is $197 million smaller than what Manchin first proposed in February.

The recession prompted the Governor to project a revenue decline by that amount.

Lawmakers then decided to wait to finish the budget until after their regular session ended last month.

The legislature began the extended session Tuesday.

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

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