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OPINION Found Money: Lawmakers shouldn’t spend surplus

The Inter-Mountain

West Virginia legislators are taking something of a risk with this year’s budget — but give them credit for their motives.

On Friday, Gov. Jim Justice signed into law the budget for the coming fiscal year, beginning July 1. But in addition, he signed nine bills providing supplemental appropriations out of the current-year general revenue budget.

Additional spending authorized for this year boosts the Fiscal 2019 general revenue budget by about $191 million. The original budget, adopted about a year ago, called for $4.381 billion in spending.

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