West Virginia MetroNews – West Virginia lawmakers passed a $4.65 billion general revenue budget at the end of their regular session. Tacked onto that was another billion dollars in possible spending, an unprecedented amount on the strength of federal relief dollars. Read the full article.
There are always additional funding items as a sort of epilogue to the budget, based on the possibility that state government could end the year with a surplus. Aside from lawmakers hoping to see funding for their favorite causes, little attention is usually paid. This year’s amount, though, was particularly eye-popping.
“What’s different about this year’s budget from prior years is the magnitude of that number,” House Speaker Roger Hanshaw, R-Clay, speaking this week on MetroNews’ “Talkline.”
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