Virginia Senate to Hold Budget Hearings

By: AP
By: AP
The Democratic controlled Virginia Senate is set to hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon on Gov. Terry McAuliffe

Photo courtesy Steve Helber

April 1, 2014

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Democratic controlled Virginia Senate is set to hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon on Governor Terry McAuliffe's proposed budget.

Gov. McAuliffe proposed a budget last month after the General Assembly adjourned from its regular session without passing a roughly $96 billion two-year spending plan.

The governor and Democratic lawmakers want a budget that expands Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 low-income residents. The GOP-controlled House of Delegates oppose Medicaid expansion.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, House Speaker William J. Howell called the Senate's hearing a dog and pony show and urged Democrats to allow a state budget without Medicaid expansion to pass.

Other Republicans riffed on the timing of the Senate's hearing occurring on April Fools' Day.


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