The Legislature Today: Armstead Says State Agencies Could See Additional Cuts

Mar 9, 2016

The Finance Committees in both chambers have approved their versions of the bill, and the Senate as a whole will vote on the budget tomorrow, but it will look very different from the one taken up in the House.


Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Speaker Tim Armstead says his chamber still has a reasonable budget before them, despite the lack of any revenue increasing measures.

Members of the House put a controversial proposal to a vote today- a bill that would drug test applicants of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, but a bill that would reduce the state’s severance tax on coal and natural gas from 5 percent to 3 percent has been postponed in the chamber.  Senators will put their version of a Common Core repeal to a vote Thursday. Among many changes, the bill no longer includes a provision to allow students to opt out or refuse to take standardized tests.