WV Lawmakers, Governor Agree to Hold Referendum on $1.6 Billion in Bonds for Roads, Bridges

Associated Press reports, “West Virginia lawmakers have agreed to hold a voter referendum this year on issuing $1.6 billion in bonds to rebuild state highways and bridges. The House has adopted the Senate language for the referendum that removes references to specific taxes.”

However, final highway funding and spending provisions for FY 2018 remain unsettled this morning. Intelligencer reports that state lawmakers passed budget bills over the weekend during an extended session, but their actions only set the stage for “a probable budgetary fight with Governor Jim Justice and a special legislative session in the coming days.”