WV Senate considers bills to build roads, raise teacher pay

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's Senate has begun advancing bills backed by Gov. Jim Justice intended to resolve the state budget impasse.

The Democratic governor last month vetoed the $4.1 billion general revenue spending plan approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, saying it cut too much state funding from higher education and from health care for poor West Virginians.

Negotiations have continued this week.

The Senate recessed Thursday afternoon after advancing for further consideration bills for highway reconstruction and to raise public school teachers' pay while still waiting for the final print of the bill that would cut state income taxes while raising the sales tax.

The House was scheduled to convene later Thursday. Its leaders criticized Justice for initially calling them into session Thursday morning before all the legislation was ready.

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