- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - On a tightening timeframe to avert a shutdown, West Virginia lawmakers are returning to budget work.

The GOP-led House and Senate will restart their work Saturday. Without a budget, the government shuts down July 1.

As promised, Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin on Wednesday vetoed the budget passed by lawmakers last week. The session lasted 13 days and cost taxpayers $455,000.

Lawmakers also didn’t pass a budget in the allotted 60-plus days starting in January.

On Wednesday, Tomblin announced a deal with the Senate that includes a 65-cent tax increase on cigarettes. He beckoned the House to endorse it.

Tomblin consistently said he wouldn’t approve a plan dependent on single-year patches.

Tomblin wrote that the Republican-approved plan irresponsibly used $292 million in one-time cash, including almost $190 million from reserves.

Copyright © 2018 The Washington Times, LLC.

The Washington Times Comment Policy

The Washington Times is switching its third-party commenting system from Disqus to Spot.IM. You will need to either create an account with Spot.im or if you wish to use your Disqus account look under the Conversation for the link "Have a Disqus Account?". Please read our Comment Policy before commenting.

 

Click to Read More

Click to Hide