West Virginia legislators approved $150 million dollars to support highway projects during a special session of the legislature Monday.
The special session occurred during the planed interim sessions where legislators also allocated federal relief dollars to the state Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Resources.
The money is coming from the state’s general revenue fund that is currently running a surplus. Governor Jim Justice predicts the state budget will experience a $400 million surplus before the start of the new fiscal year on July first.
Senator overwhelmingly passed the bill 29-0. Delegates also passed the bill with five nay votes.
The money will fund 400 road projects in every county covering over 740 miles of road.
The legislature could be summoned back to Charleston this fall to allocated additional federal relief money and elected office redistricting based on the 2020 Census.