- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 7, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia lawmakers met again briefly Wednesday in their ongoing special session to reconcile differences with Gov. Jim Justice and enact tax and budget bills for the fiscal year starting July 1.

The Republican-controlled House and Senate each appointed a handful of lawmakers to a conference committee to resolve tax legislation.

Both met only briefly on Monday and Tuesday in the session costing about $35,000 a day. They’re scheduled to meet again Thursday.

The Senate has backed and the House rejected bills supported by Democratic Gov. Jim Justice to cut income taxes while raising sales taxes to help close a budget deficit.

The governor’s latest proposal would cut income taxes by 7 percent, raising the sales tax from 6 to 6.35 percent, and establish tiered tax rates on coal production.

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