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After Veto, Budget Session will Resume Saturday


A spokesman for the House of Delegates says lawmakers will tentatively return to Charleston Saturday to once again work on the state’s budget for the 2017 fiscal year.

On Wednesday, Gov. Tomblin vetoed the budget plan approved by lawmakers on June 2. That plan relied on more than $180 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help close a $272 million budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year. 

In his veto message, Tomblin called the plan “irresponsible,” saying it set the state up for even larger revenue shortfalls in 2018 and 2019.

Tomblin and members of the Senate reportedly have agreed to the passage of a 65 cent increase on the state’s cigarette tax as a way to generate new revenues.

In a press release Wednesday, Tomblin said he “strongly urged” members of the House to adopt the plan.

Lawmakers were scheduled to return to Charleston Sunday, but will comeback to town a day earlier. The Senate will hold a floor session at 11 a.m. and the House of Delegates at 2 p.m.

It would take a two-thirds vote of both chambers to override the governor’s budget veto. Neither chamber was able to approve the original budget plan with two-thirds of the vote.