5-1-13 Budget approved without line-item vetoes

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the first time in more than a decade, West Virginia lawmakers are getting the final say on new state spending.

Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has signed this year’s budget bill without making any changes.

West Virginia governors can reduce or erase any spending line or language in the annual budget bill once it passes the Legislature.

Records indicate the last chief executive to keep his veto pen capped was Gov. Bob Wise, in 2001.

This year’s bill details more than $11 billion in spending for the budget year that begins July 1. It includes $4.1 billion supported by general tax revenues.

Those revenues have faltered in recent months. That prompted Tomblin to order $75 million in cuts.

Lawmakers passed the budget bill earlier this month.

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