House, State Senate Divided Over W. Va. Budget Cuts
Both the House of Delegates and Senate are back to work after the House passed a budget Wednesday evening.
The cuts the House wants to make are not as deep as the Senate's.
The House wants to cut $15 million for higher education and fully fund the state's Medicaid health care for low income earners.
The Senate's bill cuts $33 million from higher education and $34 million from Medicaid.
This means both sides are sharply divided.
"The higher education cuts and the Medicaid cuts. I believe that's going to be detrimental to our state, and I think that there's a better way that we can come up with a balanced budget," said State Sen. Glenn Jeffries.
"Now we have those decreasing revenues, we need to cut government back accordingly, especially when we have a decreasing population," said State Sen. Greg Boso.
As of now, the budget proposals are between $4.2 and $4.3 billion