- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 31, 2016

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - After a holiday weekend, West Virginia lawmakers have resumed budget negotiations with little indication of breakthroughs.

Lawmakers returned Tuesday for an 11th day. The session costs $35,000 a day, a running tab of $385,000.

Senators are considering a budget taking about $200 million from reserves. The House passed a plan taking $143 million.

Either likely will draw Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin’s veto.

Without a budget, state government would shut down July 1. A $270 million budget gap remains.

Negotiations imploded last week when the House killed a $76 million package to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Senators began discussions Tuesday on a 1 percent sales tax increase, worth $200 million. It likely faces strong opposition in the House.

Tomblin called the GOP-led Legislature into session May 16.

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