He said lawmakers will try to get all sides back to the bargaining table, but said the Legislature eventually will proceed with or without business support.
Tomblin said there is still "not a whole lot of support" for the governor's proposed tax on smokeless tobacco among Senate Democrats.
The wholesale tax on smokeless tobacco would raise about $7.1 million a year, including $5 million in the governor's 1999-2000 budget to fund the state's share for the Children's Health Insurance Program.
That $5 million is part of what amounts to about $78 million of holes in the '99-00 budget. Tomblin said a major portion of Monday's discussions involved ways to plug holes in the Underwood budget bill.
The majority party caucus carries significant weight, since 29 of the 34 senators are Democrats.
In other activity Monday, the Senate:
Passed 29-4 and sent to the House a bill that would give counties the same authority large cities now have to adopt ordinances prohibiting excessive noise.
Sen. Shirley Love, D-Fayette, questioned whether the bill would affect gun clubs or target ranges.
Senate Judiciary Chairman Bill Wooton, D-Raleigh, said the bill doesn't specify types of noise. Wooton said it probably would not be constitutional to use a noise ordinance to ban an existing target range.
Sens. Boley, Love, Mitchell and Sprouse voted against the bill. Sen. Pat Fanning, D-McDowell was absent.
Passed 33-0 and sent to the House a bill that would require inmates to submit motions to delay their parole hearings at least 30 days before the scheduled hearing. That would prevent inmates from requesting delays at the last minute, inconveniencing victims and families who have made plans to testify.