WCVE News Analyst Jeff Scahpiro views Virginia political news Friday mornings at 8:33. (Due to digital delay, a few seconds of surrounding program may be heard.)
A bill that would raise the minimum wage in Virginia by two dollars over two years, has been killed by a House committee. Craig Carper reports.
Governor Terry McAuliffe has announced a state revenue reduction of $140 million due to weaker than expected January and fiscal year-to-date tax collections. The Governor and Finance Secretary Ric Brown have taken action to address the shortfall. The state will miss a $60 million scheduled deposit to the Rainy Day Fund in 2016. Another $40 million will be offset by the upcoming budget’s unappropriated balance, $15 million will be used from the State Lottery, and the balance will be covered by surplus revenues from the Department of Education.
The formal House and Senate budget proposals won’t be announced until this Sunday but both will offer starkly different visions in regard to Medicaid expansion. As with last year, budget negotiations are expected to be dominated by differences over expanding Virginia’s health care safety net.
The General Assembly has passed the midpoint of the 2014 session and party leaders from the House and Senate are touting some of their most notable achievements thus far. Craig Carper reports.
The state Senate has approved a repeal of the requirement that a woman undergo a transabdominal ultrasound prior to an abortion. Craig Carper reports.
The Virginia Senate has passed its omnibus ethics reform package, and the House of Delegates is expected to follow suit today. Craig Carper reports.
Senator Creigh Deed’s bill to reform emergency custody orders, crafted after the tragic attack on his life and subsequent suicide of his son Gus, has unanimously passed the Senate. Craig Carper reports.
On a vote of 21 to 19 the Senate approved the “Ban the Box” bill (SB250) that would prohibit state employers from asking about an applicant’s prior convictions before an interview. Craig Carper reports.
The Senate has advanced Senator Creigh Deeds bill to extend the time period from 6 to 24 hours that a person experiencing a mental health crisis may be held by Emergency Custody Order while a psychiatric bed is found.