At Tuesday’s monthly meeting there was extensive discussion about the possible consequences if July 1 arrives and no state budget is in place. The below article from today’s Washington Post includes the most extensive discussion I’ve seen yet concerning that — and there’s no consensus. – Terry Cooper
Va. Assembly, reconvening Wednesday, unlikely to solve Medicaid, budget issues soon
By Laura Vozzella, Published: April 22 washingtonpost.com
RICHMOND — Virginia legislators return to the Capitol on Wednesday intending to wrap up some unfinished business but with no plans to tackle the budget and Medicaid stalemates that could ultimately shut down the state government.
The General Assembly will hold its annual “veto session” to complete work from the regular session that ended March 8. But no action is expected on the biggest issues looming over Richmond: Medicaid expansion and, because that matter was folded into the Senate’s two-year, $96 billion state spending plan, the budget.
Unless the chambers decide to suspend their rules and take up matters not on their agendas, they will finish the day as they started — with no plan to fund schools, colleges, local governments and all manner of state services for the next two years.
There will not even be rival budgets for negotiators to discuss. Because the House and the Senate have been unwilling to vote on the other’s budget, they do not have competing plans in conference, where teams from both chambers could begin hashing out differences. Continued