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West Virginia’s 2018 Budget explained

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CHARLESTON, WV (WVVA) -

For the first time since the late 80s, West Virginia lawmakers are on track to pass the budget within the 60-day session.

The Senate passed their budget bill Thursday morning by a vote of 33-0. After the House of Delegates votes on their version and a conference committee meets, it will be sent to the governor for his signature. 

The bill pays for the five percent raise for state workers by eliminating planned increases from the departments of Commerce and Tourism, and Medicaid. It is important to point out however that the 24 million in funding taken from Medicaid will be made up with budget surpluses elsewhere in the state budget.

According to Republican Finance Chair Craig Blair, the budget includes no tax increases and includes an addition 21 million in funding for the PEIA Stability Fund. 

“We did this together with the House of Delegates and we did it without any tax increases,” said Sen. Blair. “This is a historical event.”

Overall, the Senate’s version cuts 72 million in funding from Governor Jim Justice’s original request to pay for the raises. 

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