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.
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.