W.Va. House and Senate pass own versions of budget bill

Courtesy: WSAZ

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- The West Virginia House and Senate have both passed versions of their own budget bill.

On Thursday afternoon, the Senate unanimously passed their bill and just before 11 p.m. the House passed its own version.

The House spent hours considering several amendments to the bill that was passed by the Senate.

It's a $4,381,808,884 budget bill that includes that five percent pay raise for all state employees.

The timing of the passage of the budget bill is significantly ahead of years past where there have been special sessions costing taxpayers thousands of dollars.

Governor Jim Justice announced earlier in the week that legislators could take until Sunday to finish the budget if they needed. The session is scheduled to end Saturday, March 10.

On Friday, the Senate will have to vote on the amendments made by the House.