Budget

Mallory Noe-Payne / RADIO IQ

As the June 30th deadline approaches, Virginia lawmakers are back in Richmond to finalize the state budget. A month ago, The House of Delegates passed a budget that includes Medicaid expansion. Now the Senate is taking its turn - although it’s unclear if their opposition to Medicaid expansion has waned.

 

 

Despite already being one month into overtime, state lawmakers will wait until mid May to restart budget negotiations. Leaders in the Senate say they want updated data on tax collections before they dive back in.

 

Steve Helber / AP

 

 

Virginia’s Senate and House have written their versions of the two-year state budget. But there’s a problem. The two budgets are about $600 million apart. A handful of lawmakers are now tasked with hammering out the difference, and all the wrangling happens behind closed doors.

Virginia Tech

Lawmakers in Richmond are trying to balance the books, but the numbers aren’t adding up. At least not yet.

Pamela D'Angelo

After nearly a decade of work, the once-polluted, urban Lafayette River in Norfolk is rebounding. The Elizabeth River Project and Chesapeake Bay Foundation will build just five more acres of oyster reefs to become Virginia's first river to meet Chesapeake Bay oyster restoration goals. Last week, federal, state and local legislators celebrated with community activists, but remain concerned that the president's budget has zeroed out all bay cleanup funding.

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