Every year, West Virginia’s state legislature comes to Charleston for about three months to craft the state’s laws. They meet several other times during the year for short periods, but nothing as long as that.
But because we don’t have a state budget and we need one by July 1, the governor called the legislature into a “special session” on May 16.
Every day the legislature meets in special session costs West Virginians $35,000.
As of Tuesday, May 31, the legislature has meet for 11 days. So this budget fight has costs West Virginians $385,000.