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Legislature Set for Crossover Day

Perry Bennett
WV Legislative Photography

A coal tax break and higher fees to fix roads are among the West Virginia bills facing a deadline to stay alive.

Wednesday is the last day in the legislative session for a bill to pass in either the House or the Senate. Bills that haven't passed at least one will likely be dead.

The coal tax would drop from 5, to 4, to 3 percent by July 2018 in one proposal up for a vote. An amendment also gives a similar break to natural gas, which would beef up the price tag.

Another bill would fund roadwork by raising the state sales tax by one cent to five cents; increase DMV fees; and increase the gas tax when prices are below $2.

The 60-day session ends March 12.

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