Jeff Schapiro of the Richmond Times-Dispatch joins WCVE's Craig Carper for this week's political analysis. Topics include the ongoing fight over the state budget and Medicaid expansion, what that means for Governor Northam and Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment, and 5th District Congressman Tom Garrett confirms his run for re-election.
Virginia Senators Warner and Kaine have both signed on to legislation to legalize and clearly define hemp as an agricultural commodity and remove it from the list of controlled substances.
Virginia will remain without a budget for at least another week. The Senate adjourned Tuesday evening (5/22/18) after about an hour of speeches on finances and Medicaid expansion, but no spending plan.
The Senate is back in Richmond today (5/22/18), working to pass a budget and which will likely include a plan to expand the state’s Medicaid program to roughly 300,000 new Virginians.
Petersburg Councilwoman Treska Wilson-Smith has, for the past four years, hosted Citizens Academy meetings to keep people who live in the city “in the know” and ask questions.