CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, today urged Gov. Jim Justice to sign the balanced budget the Legislature passed early Sunday morning.
At around 1 a.m. Sunday, the House of Delegates passed the updated version of House Bill 2018, the Budget Bill, which includes no tax increases and provides $4.1 billion in General Revenue spending over the coming fiscal year.
"Last night, the House not only fulfilled its constitutional duty to pass a balanced budget, but fulfilled our promise to do so by controlling government spending, living within our means and protecting our citizens from tax increases," Speaker Armstead said. "We have done our job and presented the Governor with a spending plan that avoids drastic cuts to essential services and education, while also avoiding significant tax increases. It's now time for the Governor to live up to the campaign promise he made the West Virginia people and sign this budget that does not raise their taxes.
"For this entire session, Governor Justice has criticized Republican lawmakers for not embracing his massive tax increase proposals," Speaker Armstead said. "But the people in our districts have told us loud and clear they are tired of seeing tax-and-spend Charleston politicians constantly asking for more money to maintain a government that's grown too large for our state's population.
"The Governor needs to accept the reality that his tax increase proposals simply do not have the support of the vast majority of elected representatives in the Legislature," Speaker Armstead said. "He should sign this budget, and then begin working with us as we continue our efforts to streamline this government and make it more efficient so we don't have to continue waging these fights in the future."
The budget passed early Sunday morning has the following features:
Video of the House budget bill presentation and debate is available via W.Va. Public Broadcasting's YouTube channel.