Lawmakers return, put off education bills
CHARLESTON — Resumption of a special session ostensibly called to address public education issues put off education bills Monday, but in relatively rapid-fire fashion, corrected and re-passed a number of bills that Gov. Jim Justice vetoed for technical errors, and also passed a number of supplemental appropriation bills - including bills moving tens of millions of dollars of additional funding for repair of crumbling state roads.
That included a $54 million appropriation to the state Road Fund, made possible by Gov. Jim Justice earlier Monday raising estimates for overall 2018-19 tax collections by $42.3 million, creating a total budget surplus for the year of $72.6 million (Senate Bill 1016).