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Lawmakers Pass Budget Relying on Reserves
Written by Your 5News Team
Last updated on March 14, 2014 @ 6:32PM
Created on March 14, 2014 @ 5:18PM
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia lawmakers have passed a budget that dips into millions of dollars in reserves and gives public employees raises.
The Senate voted 25-9 and the House of Delegates voted 77-18 Friday to pass next year's budget. The bill would take $147 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall.
The plan includes $1,000 across-the-board raises for teachers, 2-percent raises for school service personnel and $504 raises for public employees.
House lawmakers, who face re-election this year, opposed increasing the cigarette or sales taxes.
The budget adds $5 million for a Medicaid program that offers seniors in-home care. It also strips $9 million from the attorney general's consumer protection program.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will now consider line-by-line vetoes in the spending plan.

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