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Tomblin Bill Would Use Infrastructure Funds to Help Balance Budget

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin

  Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has added an additional bill to his special session call for state lawmakers to consider- a bill reducing funding for the state infrastructure fund.

The West Virginia Infrastructure Fund is used to pay for infrastructure development like water and sewer line projects.

Tomblin’s bill would allow lawmakers to reduce the fund by $20 million for the 2017 fiscal year, using that money to balance the general revenue budget.

Lawmakers will return to Charleston Saturday to continue working on the budget after Tomblin vetoed a budget bill Wednesday. That plan took $186 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund to help close a $272 million budget gap.