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W.Va. Lawmakers Finalizing Budget, Tapping Reserves

Ashton Marra
West Virginia Public Broadcasting

West Virginia lawmakers are working out kinks in a budget that gives public workers raises and digs into reserves.
The House of Delegates and Senate are meeting this week to finalize the state spending plan for next fiscal year.
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House members have firmly opposed increases in taxes, like cigarette or sales taxes. House Speaker Tim Miley has said a significant reason why is that members are up for re-election this year.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and the House proposed tapping $83.8 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund. The Senate wants to take $125 million.
The proposals also aim to bump the pay of public employees, including $1,000 salary increases for teachers and 2 percent raises for school service personnel.
     The next fiscal year begins July 1.

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