WV Senate, House To Vote Sunday On $11.5B Budget

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Charleston, WV (AP) -- West Virginia lawmakers have proposed more than $11 billion in state spending for the coming budget year, adopting most of the cuts recommended by Gov. Joe Manchin.

A house-senate conference committee endorsed a compromise budget bill Friday.

After a day to review it, each chamber should vote Sunday.

The budget takes effect July 1. The compromise includes $4.2 billion in spending backed by general tax and lottery revenues.

Those portions are $197 million smaller than what the initial bill proposed.

They are also 3 percent below what the legislature passed last year.

The federal stimulus will offset $78 million of those cuts.

Declining revenues from the recession prompted the recommended cuts and the 45-day delay in completing the new budget.

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

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