CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A legislative committee wrapped up budget discussions Tuesday afternoon, setting the stage for final approval Wednesday.
It's the quickest turnaround on budget work in recent memory, finance leaders from both the House of Delegates and the Senate said.
Delegate Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, and Sen. Roman Prezioso, D-Marion, agree the budget had far less wiggle room this year. But Prezioso thought there was also a desire to just get it over with.
"This is probably the first year I remember that we were in a budget shortfall," Prezioso said Tuesday afternoon.
"People were tired, we had a lot of debate over certain issues. Folks were just tired, and wanted to get the thing done and not lay around here for seven days," he continued.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin called for an extension of the Legislature this week so lawmakers could iron out the details of the budget. The entire budget tops $11 billion, but lawmakers spend most time working on the $4.1 billion General Revenue Fund.
The 14 legislators -- seven from each chamber -- met and started working Monday afternoon. White said he and Prezioso stayed at the Capitol until about 10 p.m., with staff working as late as 4 a.m. Tuesday.
"We thought that we were pretty close on a lot of the accounts," White said. "When we got in there and locked the room and started marking it out, maybe it took a little longer than we thought it would be, but we kept going to try to get it down once we started on it."
Each chamber creates a budget and then meets in conference to devise a final measure. The House and Senate budgets were less than $2 million apart at the start of the process, according to The Associated Press.