4/30/2013 8:12 AM
by Nadine Grimley
CHARLESTON - State lawmakers got the final say on new state spending, it's the first time in more than ten years.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin signed this year's budget bill without making any changes.
State governors can reduce or erase any spending line or language in the annual budget bill once it passed in the legislature. Records indicated the last chief executive to keep his veto pen capped was Governor Bob Wise in 2001.
This year's bill detailed more than $11 billion in spending for the budget year that will begin on July 1, 2013. It included $4.1 billion supported by general tax revenues, which have staggered in recent months. It prompted Gov. Tomblin to order $75 million in cuts.
Lawmakers passed the budget in early April.