Gov. Justice on a Budget Before Midnight: 'We are on the Cusp'

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On Thursday, the House passed the Senate version of the bill.

The tentative agreement would have protected public schools, higher education and services for the state's poorest residents, Justice said. The first bracket begins January 1, 2018 and calls for taking personal income tax down 20 percent of its current rate.

"Greyhounds are born runners, and I hope to keep them running in West Virginia for a very long time", Justice said".

Justice said the potential budget includes an increase in consumer sales tax, a "rich man's tax", a.00045 Commercial Activities Tax, a 4.5 cent gas tax, a 2 percent teacher pay raise and room on the Save Our State fund to market the state.

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The deal achieved also expands Justice's tax cuts to $50 million, he said. But during a press conference late Saturday night, the Governor sounded confident he has the votes in the Senate.

Carmichael said the difference is between spending and the House's position and that the Senate was negotiating with House leadership to lower their budget.

The 60-day session was scheduled to end this week.

Justice said in his press release the goal of the extended session was to reach an agreement for the budget of the state. For one, he indicated funding for Save Our State fund had been removed.

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He explained the Senate amendment makes additional cuts in the budget, and utilizes Rainy Day funds. "Someone who runs an institution wants more money from the state of West Virginia".

"If we get rid of greyhound racing, it will mean job losses and fewer people coming to West Virginia", Justice said during the announcement at Independence Hall.

Simon noted that West Virginia is the third state in a row to pass a medicinal cannabis bill through a Republican-controlled state legislature. "We can't turn our back on communities like Wheeling that benefit from dog racing".

Opponents of the bill contended greyhound racing provides as many as 1,700 jobs in the state, and the elimination of racing revenue would be particularly harmful to Wheeling.

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The first bill Justice vetoed, which was overridden by the Legislature, was SB 330 which clarified language in last year's right to work legislation.

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