- Associated Press - Thursday, June 2, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has approved using reserves and sweeping agency accounts to cover a $111 million budget gap.

On Thursday, the Democrat signed the bill approved by the Republican-led Legislature during an ongoing budget session. It covers the year ending June 30.

The law uses $32 million in state Rainy Day money. The rest comes from various departments.

Tomblin vetoed $3 million which would have come from his office’s civil contingent fund. Tomblin wrote that the last-resort money is for unforeseen emergencies.

Lawmakers continued a 13th day of a special session Thursday to create a separate 2017 budget hampered by a $270 million gap.

Without a budget, the government will shut down July 1. The session’s running cost to taxpayers is $455,000.

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