The House of Delegates was hard at work Tuesday night…and following lengthy debate, approved a new state budget for the 2015 and 2016 fiscal years. It’s the only budget bill that’s moved forward so far during the Special Session that began on Monday. House conferees incorporated some of the items they discussed during initial budget negotiations with their Senate counterparts.
House Majority Leader Kirk Cox said the budget includes cost-of-competing funds for Northern Virginia schools and extra compensation for college faculty and state employees.
McAuliffe attached 104 amendments to former Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget. They include a two-year PILOT program to enroll hundreds of thousands of additional Virginians in Medicaid. The Governor said he received federal assurance that the state CAN withdraw from this expansion in the future without penalties.
Veterans groups have a long list of issues for Congress to address but they say mental health remains their top priority. Virginia lawmakers say their state government also needs to step up to the plate.
New rules for scooters and mopeds in Virginia are in effect with more to come later this year…and the state is being asked to reconsider eligibility requirements for high school athletes. Those stories are among the most clicked this past week at the Virginia Public Access Project's VaNews link on vpap.org.