MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) – Nearly two weeks after West Virginia’s Democratic governor vetoed the state budget approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature, negotiations have yet to resolve disagreements on tax changes and spending cuts.
However, Gov. Jim Justice says he’ll call legislators back to a special budget session “soon.”
On Tuesday, he didn’t say exactly when that will be but said that he hopes the framework of a tentative agreement reached earlier with the Senate leadership will still hold.
That would limit funding cuts and lower the state income tax while raising the sales tax to close a projected deficit.
Senate President Mitch Carmichael, in active talks this week with the governor, says that would be a tax cut for all working West Virginians.
House Speaker Tim Armstead says his Republican majority still strongly opposes the framework’s tax increases.