Gov. Manchin Not Ruling Out Special Session

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia’s Legislature could tackle pension debts, the gas tax and retiree benefit costs at a special session next month.

Administration officials said Thursday that Gov. Joe Manchin is still waiting on enough support for the pension measure before calling lawmakers to the Capitol.

That proposal would help Huntington and other municipalities close funding gaps in police and fire pension programs.

If enough consensus emerges, lawmakers say they also expect to tweak a portion of the state gas tax that's based on wholesale prices.

Other likely agenda items include $2.5 million for a Medicaid waiver program and a change to the way the state accounts for non-pension retiree benefits.

The next regular session begins in January.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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