House passes budget, bill sent back to Senate

West Virginia News

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WVNS)- The West Virginia House of Delegates passed their own version of a budget bill Thursday night.

The House amended a bill that was passed by the Senate Thursday afternoon. The bill includes a balanced $4.38 billion General Revenue Fund budget. The General Revenue Budget is $156 million more than last year.

According to Communications Director Jared Hunt, the General Revenue Budget is $156 million more than last year, but the spending increase is primarily attributed to the increased public employee pay package along with increased funding to the Public Employees Insurance Agency. 

The Senate proposed a $4.40 billion budget bill and would not rely on an new tax increases. 
Instead, budget cuts would be used to fund the five percent pay raise for all state employees.

The House and Senate will need to reconcile their separate versions of the budget bill before it is passed into law.

The legislative session ends Saturday at midnight.

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