Debt and Budget

Economic Diversity
12:30 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Reducing Reliance on Federal Funds

Richmond, VA
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Governor McAuliffe says when he addresses lawmakers about the state's budget this week, he intends to talk about his new economic development package.

His initiative includes legislative proposals that the governor says are necessary to reduce the Commonwealth’s reliance on federal dollars.

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Government & Politics
4:26 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Agreement on Budget Cuts

Governor McAuliffe and General Assembly leaders have struck a deal to cut the state budget to cover an unexpected $2.4-billion revenue shortfall. 

The agreement taps the state’s Rainy Day Fund, while closing a $346-million  gap this fiscal year, and $536-million the next. The Governor stressed the bipartisan nature of the accord—flanked by GOP state lawmakers and the Democratic co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

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Budget Committee
2:50 pm
Sun August 17, 2014

Dismal State Financial Report

Governor McAuliffe speaks to reporters as budget committee members watch on.

"Not surprised—but still disappointing." That statement from one of Virginia’s budget-writing committee leaders is the consensus of the others who heard a dismal financial report from Governor McAuliffe.  They nevertheless applaud the Governor for his leadership… and have already begun figuring out ways to address the projected shortfall.

Factoring in an $882-million shortfall for fiscal years 20-15 and 16 and prior revenue gaps, the governor says state leaders have a lot of digging out to do.

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Services Slashed
4:36 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Morning After: Budget Reaction

Some Virginia policy analysts say after months of stalling and keeping constituents on the edge of their seats, the General Assembly still blundered by passing a budget without Medicaid expansion.

Groups that include Virginia Organizing, Progress Virginia, and the Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis say that not only has the budget left hundreds of thousands of Virginians without affordable healthcare options—but residents are left with a gaping budgetary hole that needs to be filled.  

 

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Budget Negotiations
4:36 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Rainy Day Fund

The state's economists and fiscal experts are urging lawmakers to pass a budget as soon as possible to help mitigate lower revenues by tapping into the state's rainy day fund.

They informed the House Appropriations Committee that if lawmakers don't act soon, the state has much to lose.

Like April, May's revenue forecast is still lower than projected. At this rate, the House Appropriation Committee’s Robert Vaughn says the projected deficit carried into fiscal year 20-15 is hundreds of millions of dollars.

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