State Government

Government & Politics
7:06 am
Wed March 26, 2014

General Assembly Special Session: The Latest

Credit vapublicradio.org

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.

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Government & Politics
8:11 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Goes Nowhere After Special Session

Credit Bob Brown, Richmond Times-Dispatch

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.

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Begins July 1st
4:00 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Voter Identification Law

Virginia's new voter ID law that limits access to the ballot without the proper photo ID will soon go into effect, and the State Board of Elections is tasked with informing the public about the new change before the November elections.

The Board's strategy includes launching a voter outreach, marketing, and public awareness campaign well before then.

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Agreement on Caboose Budget
4:21 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

State Budget Update

Agencies relying on state funding are hoping that when Virginia lawmakers reconvene next week for a Special Session, they'll be able to set aside their differences and pass a budget.  

While Medicaid expansion is a huge sticking point, it's not the only issue where lawmakers have some philosophical differences.

Senate Finance Co-Chair Walter Stosch says the more optimistic news is their agreement on the caboose budget—the bill that adjusts current fiscal year spending.

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The Governor's Circle
4:21 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

PAC & Play

The Governor's Mansion in Richmond

Critics are attacking Governor Terry McAuliffe for selling access to his office – offering opportunities to meet with him and other leaders in exchange for payments of up to $100,000. 

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