W.Va. Senate passes budget that dips into reserve

By The Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia Senate has passed a budget bill that dips into the state's reserve funds by $125 million to balance the 2015 budget.Finance Chair Roman Prezioso said a House lottery bill still under consideration would cut the amount needed from the Rainy Day fund by $40 million. House Bill 4333 redistributes lottery proceeds that currently go to greyhound breeders.Prezioso said $220 million is the amount that can be spent from the nearly $1 billion reserve fund without jeopardizing bond ratings.He said if tax revenues aren't increased during the next legislative session, he expects a significant portion of the fund will be needed to balance the 2016 budget.
The House is scheduled to pass a budget measure Friday and a compromise reached during next week's extended session.    
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