In a busy first day in the General Assembly’s special session, Governor McAuliffe introduced a new budget, only to have it rejected hours later by the House of Delegates. The Senate adjourned for two weeks. The centerpiece of McAuliffe’s budget is a two-year trial expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. McAuliffe presented a letter from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services granting federal permission for a two-year pilot program with no penalty for cancellation.
The General Assembly returns to Richmond today to begin a special session to reach an agreement on the state’s two-year, ninety six billion dollar budget and to resolve the question of whether Virginia should accept 2 billion dollars in federal funding to expand the state’s Medicaid program. Craig Carper reports.
WCVE analyst Jeff Schapiro says Virginia lawmakers are no closer to breaking the budget impasse.
Jeff Schapiro analyzes Virginia political news for WCVE News.
Those on both sides of the debate on the State Senate’s federally funded, private insurance-based Medicaid expansion alternative are taking their message on the road. Craig Carper reports from a Republican event at Lundie Insurance in Colonial Heights.
With no resolution in sight on the Senate’s private insurance based Medicaid expansion alternative, Marketplace Virginia, the General Assembly is poised to adjourn on Saturday without a budget. The Governor has been touring hospitals and clinics around the state in an effort to build support for expansion.
The General Assembly has adjourned without a budget and no agreement on expanding the state’s Medicaid program. The current House and Senate budget drafts are now dead with the adjournment of the regular session. Governor Terry McAuliffe has called a special session bringing the legislature back to Richmond on March 24th. They will then amend and try to find a compromise on a new budget that the Governor will introduce at that time. This is the fifth time the legislature has gone into overtime because of a budget impasse since 2001.
Before leaving town on Saturday, the legislature passed several significant bills.. Craig Carper reports.
The General Assembly has adjourned without a budget and no agreement on expanding the state’s Medicaid program. Craig Carper reports
The Virginia Senate has approved a bill called "Brendon's Law," to curb celebratory gunfire in the Commonwealth. Charles Fishburne reports.