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Tomblin Calls for Extended Session for Budget


Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is calling for the Republican-led Legislature to stay for an extended budget session.

State lawmakers received the message Thursday for the budget session, which has been standard practice. The Legislature’s 60-day regular session ends Saturday.

Tomblin has called for the budget session to conclude Wednesday at the latest.

Tomblin’s proposed budget anticipates using $15.5 million from the state’s Rainy Day Fund. It doesn’t include tax increases.

It’s the Legislature’s job to pass a balanced budget. Tomblin can make line-items vetoes in the spending plan that lawmakers pass.