The biggest discrepancies are typically in areas dealing with health and education, Prezioso said. It's the same this year: the House and Senate budgets aren't the same when it comes to domestic violence and rape prevention issues and funding for higher education.
They aren't massive differences, Prezioso said, saying some were in the thousands of dollars range.
A shortfall of roughly $140 million for Medicaid spending helped prompt Tomblin to issue a 7.5 percent cut for many state entities heading into the next budget year. White thought that cut would make this week's budget process easier, as well as the hiring freeze for the remainder of the fiscal year that Tomblin instituted in March.
Prezioso said the Medicaid gap is a concern, but the state has "put money aside" to take care of the difference. Some was allocated last year from surplus, as well as other monies from different line items that have been "stockpiled," he said.
Both Prezioso and White said they would have a better grip on the particulars of the budget after Monday's committee meeting.
Other delegates on the committee are Don Perdue, D-Wayne; Doug Reynolds, D-Wayne; Larry Williams, D-Preston; Bill Anderson, R-Wood; Ray Canterbury, R-Greenbrier; and Allen Evans, R-Grant.
The remaining senators participating in budget talks are Doug Facemire, D-Braxton; Bob Plymale, D-Wayne; Ron Stollings, D-Boone; John Unger, D-Berkeley; Mike Hall, R-Putnam; and Dave Sypolt, R-Preston.
The committee plans to meet several times today. The full House and Senate will also convene this morning.