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McAuliffe to Announce Changes to Budget

This morning Governor Terry McAuliffe will announce his actions on the two-year budget passed by the General Assembly last week, a budget many Democrats and health care advocates have urged him to amend by line item or veto entirely. At the insistence of conservative House Republicans, the new Republican majority in the Senate amended the budget last week to specifically prohibit the Governor from expanding the state’s Medicaid program by executive action.

Michael Cassidy, President of the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis says failing to capture federal dollars Virginians have already paid into the system to cover an additional 400,000 of the state’s working poor is unacceptable.

McAuliffe could sign the budget as is, veto it entirely or attempt a line item veto, which would likely lead to a lawsuit from conservative legislators.