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Tax hikes, furloughs on table for WV budget talks

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin is asking legislators to consider three tax increase options to close a $270 million gap in the 2016-17 West Virginia budget, and is seeking authority to furlough government employees “in the event of certain fiscal emergencies,” according to the special-session call he issued Thursday afternoon.

“We don’t think necessarily that all three revenue measures will be needed, but it gives us flexibility to have those discussions,” Tomblin spokesman Chris Stadelman said Thursday evening.

However, House and Senate leaders issued statements Thursday evening objecting to the tax increase proposals…

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