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Tomblin Says Budget Talks Ongoing

Perry Bennett
West Virginia Legislative Photography
Gov. Tomblin during his 2016 State of the State Address.

A week after members of the West Virginia Legislature left the capital city without approving a budget for the 2017 fiscal year, Governor Tomblin's Office says negotiations with House and Senate leaders are still underway.

Tuesday, a spokesman for Tomblin’s office said the governor will not bring lawmakers back to town until they have agreed to a “fiscally responsible, structurally sound budget” that maintains the services on which West Virginians rely.

"Gov. Tomblin is committed to developing a fiscally responsible, structurally sound budget that provides a stable path forward for our state's residents and businesses without relying on one-time monies to cover long-term and recurring budget needs. Once an agreement has been reached, the governor will call a special session for legislators to vote on measures necessary to balance the upcoming budget, while maintaining the critical services on which so many West Virginians rely. Gov. Tomblin encourages all members of the Legislature to come to the table with a willingness to work with the administration to find a responsible solution to be considered later this spring."

The written statement said Tomblin has meetings scheduled with legislative leaders Wednesday and Thursday of this week.

It's the governor who will decide just when lawmakers will return to Charleston and what pieces of legislation they’ll consider.

The budget will be a part of that legislative call, but it could also include revenue increasing measures- or bills that would hike certain taxes to make up for revenue shortfalls.

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