West Virginia Senate backs budget with spending cuts

West Virginia Senate backs budget with spending cuts

The release says Justice questioned the legality of the Legislature unilaterally decoupling West Virginia casinos and race tracks, since counties authorized gambling and racing as a package deal.

"What happened to them with knowledge of this wasn't fair", Carmichael said.

He asked Carmichael if he had received a copy, and the leader of the Republican majority said he might have.

"I really believe that we are not there yet, but I do believe that we are on the cusp", he cautioned. He said there is a possibility that the rest could be taken out of the Rainy Day Fund.

The announcement of the veto of Senate Bill 437 was made in Independence Hall.

The bill, called Senate Bill 386, was approved by the House of Delegates Wednesday following a 74-24 vote.

State Revenue Secretary Dave Hardy said that gain was partly offset by corporate net income tax, consumer sales tax and business and occupation taxes that were more than $8 million below estimates altogether.

And the budget bill, as proposed, would raise the state's gas tax 4.5-cents, according to Justice.

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Nelson said that whatever Justice has proposed in his compromise, it wasn't communicated with the House. "Republicans had 60 days to finish budget".

"In a time when we need to invest in higher education to kick start this economy, we're turning around and are going to cut", said Prezioso, D-Marion.

The Senate did not act on Senate Bill 484, which would lower the sales tax rate and eliminate certain exemptions.

Republicans wanted more cuts and no tax increases while the governor's proposal was almost $4.4 billion, of which about $220 million was from higher taxes. We are committed to working with officials to make sure the program is as effective as possible and to get it up and running in a timely fashion.

"We have a budget that they have agreed to put together as a placeholder, but it is a symbolic exercise".

If Justice signs the bill, patients in West Virginia suffering from a variety of conditions including HIV, AIDS, cancer and epilepsy would be able to use marijuana as a form of treatment.

The House voted to pass the budget around 12:40 a.m. and plan on revising it in a special session.

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