Mick Bates

On The Legislature Today, Governor Jim Justice is declaring a symbolic State of Emergency in West Virginia due to Republican plans to cut Medicaid dollars.

Legislative leaders released their budget framework last week that would cut the program by $50 million, they say. Justice say the cuts will result in a healthcare crisis in the state.

A member of the West Virginia House of Delegates is donating the pay he received for the special legislative session that was held to resolve the state's budget crisis.

Democrat Mick Bates of Raleigh is donating his special session pay of about $3,400 to the United Way of Southern West Virginia to help the state's flood relief efforts.