After conflicting votes, Legislature adjourns
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — West Virginia lawmakers voted to adjourn until June 5 after two votes indicating just how far apart they still are on how to bridge the budget gap for the coming fiscal year.
Then Gov. Jim Justice announced that on Thursday he will be meeting individually with Senate President Mitch Carmichael, Senate Minority Leader Roman Prezioso, House Speaker Tim Armstead and House Minority Leader Tim Miley.
“Tomorrow, Governor Justice will meet with the Senate President, the Senate Minority Leader, the Speaker of the House, and the House Minority Leader in four separate rooms and travel from room to room as the mediator-in-chief. Justice wants to better understand the positions of each side,” stated the release from the Justice administration.
“I want to get this budget deal done, and a mediation session will hopefully help us get there,” the governor stated. “We are all West Virginians and we all want a path forward that will help our people. Rarely has West Virginia had this opportunity in the midst of a terrible crisis; we don’t want to lose this moment.”