The Times West Virginian

West Virginia

April 9, 2013

W.Va. lawmakers seek to limit cuts to new budget

CHARLESTON — West Virginia teachers would get more money for classroom supplies and the State Police could train a new cadet class under a revised budget proposal moving in the Legislature.

The version approved Tuesday by the House Finance Committee reverses some of the 7.5 percent cuts ordered by Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. But it still spends $5 million less in general tax revenues than what the governor proposed.

Cuts include $850,000 to the Department of Education’s personnel budget. That was required by this session’s public schools improvement legislation.

All told, the proposal for the 2013-14 budget year spends $4.1 billion in general revenues. Other sources include $4 billion in federal funds and $408 million from lottery proceeds.

The House must reconcile the bill with a separate version advancing in the Senate.

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