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W.Va. lawmakers start budget talks close to deal

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) -- Disagreements over funding for state education administrators, college programs and health care centers await compromise as the West Virginia Legislature works on a new state budget.

A House-Senate committee will spend the week completing an $11.4 billion spending plan for the budget year that starts July 1.

Much of the focus will be on $4.1 billion funded through general tax revenues. The House and Senate proposals for this spending are just $1.2 million apart. They're also close to what Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin proposed during the just-completed regular legislative session.

Differences include $850,000 cut by the House from the Department of Education's personnel budget. The Senate, meanwhile, ignored Tomblin's recommended $2.1 million for classroom supplies. But both chambers included $2.3 million so the State Police can train a cadet class.

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