January 5, 2014
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The House Appropriations Committee doesn't plan to consider any amendments offered by Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe to Virginia's proposed two-year budget.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that incoming committee chairman Del. S. Chris Jones informed House members of the decision in a Dec. 19 memo.
The memo says the panel's former chairman, Lacy E. Putney, set the precedent four years ago. Putney had said the committee wouldn't consider budget amendments proposed by the new governor, Bob McDonnell.
Senate Finance Chairman Walter A. Stosch says he hasn't determined whether his committee would consider budget amendments proposed by McAuliffe. He agrees with Jones that gubernatorial amendments could delay budget deliberations.
A McAuliffe spokesman, Brian Coy, says McAuliffe looks forward to working with lawmakers to ensure the budget works for all Virginians.