New Budget Signed By Governor
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed the budget. There were a few line item vetoes and reductions, and the Associated Press reports it's not immediately clear which spending items were deleted or lessened. The proposal passed by lawmakers last week would take $147.5 million from the state's $922 million Rainy Day Fund to cover a projected shortfall. Another bill that passed could ease the reserves sweep by $21 million. The budget includes $504 raises for public employees. It also accounts for $1,000 across-the-board raises for teachers and 2 percent raises for school service personnel, which were included in a separate bill.