West Virginia Lawmakers Ask Governor for More Budget Options< < Back to
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Republican legislative leaders are asking Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin for more options during the ongoing budget session.
In a letter Tuesday, Senate President Bill Cole and House Speaker Tim Armstead named other options to close a $270 million gap.
Among them are $10 million from an infrastructure fund; eliminating the secretary of the arts and education, worth $852,000; and $16 million in greyhound subsidies.
They want to revive bills introduced by Tomblin this year that would change the school aid formula, worth $15 million, and take $9 million in casino funding. Lawmakers previously killed the bills.
Tomblin has proposed tax increases on tobacco and e-cigarettes, cellphone and landline use, and sales.
Tomblin’s response letter says he’s willing to discuss new items if lawmakers outline their alternative budget plan.