CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia lawmakers are returning from a long weekend to resume budget negotiations.
Lawmakers are slated to return Tuesday for an 11th day of work. The session costs $35,000 a day. Counting Tuesday, the running tab is $385,000.
The House passed a budget Friday without tax increases and with $143 million taken from the state’s Rainy Day Fund.
The Senate will now consider it.
The amount taken from the Rainy Day Fund is almost certain to draw a veto from Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
Without a budget, state government would shut down July 1. A $270 million budget gap remains.
Negotiations imploded last week when the House killed a $76 million package to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Tomblin called the GOP-led Legislature into session May 16.