CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A disagreement between the state Senate and House of Delegates has taken $500 state employee bonuses off the table for now.
After the House voted Wednesday to add some $24 million to the original $34.7 million, which would include $266 bonuses for retirees, the Senate refused to accept that version.
Rather than appoint a committee to work out a compromise, though, the Senate adjourned, bringing the special session to an end.
Gov. Joe Manchin had included the bonuses, to be paid with a surplus from last fiscal year, on the agenda for the special session.
But the House amendments led to Manchin requesting the Senate to reject the measure.
Senate President Earl Ray Tomblin says the House overstepped the boundaries of the session.