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West Virginia House votes to fund ‘essential’ services

May 19th, 2017 by WCBC Radio

West Virginia's House passed legislation Thursday that would fund state government services and "essential" personnel while protecting the benefits of other state workers who would be furloughed if the new fiscal year starts July 1 with no budget adopted. The vote came as the budget impasse between the House and Gov. Jim Justice continued unresolved. The House, voting 82-2, would fund essential personnel from unspent funds in existing government accounts. State Police who patrol or investigate crimes would keep working, as well as jail guards, state hospital employees, highway emergency personnel and some other law enforcement staff.

State agencies and departments would designate other essential workers and others considered non-essential.

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