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McAuliffe Budget Swiftly Killed by House, Senate Adjourns for Two Weeks

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.

General Assembly Adjourns with No Budget, No Medicaid Agreement: Governor Calls Special Session March 24

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.

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