Marcha 23, 2018

WV House Democrats delay passage of budget

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"Well let's eliminate that from the budget itself and let's focus on another piece of legislation that is moving through the process that has a senate position and a house position and then we'll look for some middle ground between those two".

"We have joined the Senate in its cautionary approach of how we handle those revenues", Nelson said. That gap remains as the budget bill was decided with education basically stripped out of it for now.

If the budget passes Saturday, March 10, as it is expected to do, it will be the first time in a long time that the budget was passed during the regular session. The House voted 109-1 to pass the compromise, which was unanimously approved Monday by the Senate. "I know there's lots of things in there that are a start, and there's in there that's going to bring some pieces back together for Parkland". "I believe there could be real value to this partnership". "If the court rules it is a violation, there's no savings". Florida's teachers union and the National Rifle Association are opposed.

Instead, the legislature is likely to seek a special session to settle a budget battle that pivots on whether to accept billions of dollars in federal money to expand Medicaid coverage for more than 300,000 uninsured Virginians. "We will work with all relevant parties on amendments that will protect consumers and the integrity of sports". Head said he's confident the bill will make it through both chambers and hit the governor's desk for signature.

Landen, who worked to resolve the budget debate, said a deal to move House Bill 140 without more cuts was not discussed in those negotiations.

Pennsylvania's law sets sports betting taxes at 36 percent.

In the wake of last month's deadly shooting at a school in Florida, New York State lawmakers say they are taking student safety very seriously.

Canestraro offered an amendment on the House floor to permit limited video lottery locations to offer sports betting games, but the amendment was defeated.

The $88.7 billion budget includes a more than $110 per student increase in public school funding, $100 million for the Florida Forever land conservation program and $168 million in tax cuts. When other costs are factored in, lawmakers needed to address about $150 million in new spending.

The plan does not include Gov. Jim Justice's updated $58 million revenue projections announced during the recently concluded nine-day walkout by state education employees.

"For all intents and purposes, I think that we do have an agreement", Larsen said. If approved by the Senate and House of Representatives, retired teachers would see their annual cost-of-living raises cut by 33 percent for the next 12 years or until the system is at least 90 percent funded.

Lawmakers late Friday did agree to put $53.5 million toward opioid addiction treatment and prevention.

Appropriations Vice Chairman Steve Landes, R-Augusta, said that he and House Finance Chairman Lee Ware, R-Powhatan, were looking for several senators when they were invited into the caucus meeting.

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