White said tight revenue projections made it comparatively easy to reach agreement on the budget bill, since most accounts were generally slightly reduced from the current budget, and were nearly identical in the House and Senate versions of the budget.
"There wasn't a whole lot of wiggle room on a lot of our accounts," he said.
The base budget, which includes about $4.3 billion of revenue from state taxes and Lottery profits, is about $5 million less than the state budget in 2009-10, White said.
Most agencies submitted funding requests featuring 7.5 percent budget cuts, with public education, Health and Human Resources, and public safety agencies exempted.
The Tuesday completion of the budget bill is unusually early. Conferees completed work last year on the Wednesday after the regular session ended, while the work went until the Thursday after the 2010 and 2011 sessions.
In 2009, the legislature recessed for six weeks after the regular session, and passed the budget on May 28.
In the 1990s and 2000s, it generally took the budget conferees six to seven days after the regular session ended to complete work on the budget bill.
Reach Phil Kabler at ph...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1220.