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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.

Next week Virginians will get their chance to weigh in on the state budget.

This year agencies will be tightening their belts, working to close a more than $1 billion gap between revenues and spending. 

Congressional Infighting over Budget Continues

Mar 21, 2016

Republicans were swept into power on Capitol Hill in part by promising to bring the nation’s fiscal house into order. A part of their argument was that Democrats had given up on writing, let alone passing, budgets. Now the tables have turned.

Virginia Republican Congressman Dave Brat was sent to Washington after shocking Washington by ousting former Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a primary. He’s now a part of a group of lawmakers that is dead set on blocking the budget Republican leaders in the House support.