By JIM ROSS
The State Journal
The State Senate is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a budget that relies heavily on spending cuts and less on the tax increases requested by Gov . Jim Justice.
Senate Bill 199 received the second of two required readings Tuesday and advanced to its scheduled third reading on Wednesday. It is one of three budget bills the Legislature is currently working with.
S.B. 199 appropriates $93,628,932 for WVU, a 15 percent reduction from the $110,305,960 appropriated for fiscal year 2017. The WVU medical school would take a 14 percent cut to $18,388,929.
Marshall University would receive $41,105,926 in S.B. 199, down 15 percent, the same as WVU, from $48,427,644 in the current fiscal year.
The governor and the Legislature are at odds over how to balance this year’s budget, which has a roughly $500 million deficit. Last year the Legislature and former Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin didn’t settle a budget with a smaller deficit until mid-June. Gov. Jim Justice has urged the Legislature to pass a budget before the end of the regular 60-day session, which is Saturday.
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