Gov. McAuliffe Visits Charlottesville, Talks Budget Gridlock

March 29, 2014

Governor Terry McAuliffe visited Charlottesville Saturday to talk public safety at the Virginia State Police Association Annual Conference.

Meanwhile, there is a huge cloud lingering over Richmond as the state's budget remains in limbo over Medicaid expansion.

McAuliffe calls his budget "common sense" and says it would enforce a test pilot for extended health care coverage.

The bulk of it would be funded by the federal Affordable Care Act.

"I compromised and said let's do two years. The federal government will pay 100% of it. Let's provide health care to 400,000 Virginian's. This is our tax payer money which is now going to 27 other states. Let's bring it back to Virginia," said McAuliffe.

Republicans want to pass a budget without Medicaid expansion and then focus on the coverage gap that leaves some 400,000 Virginian's without health care coverage.

"Unfortunately the house did not even take the time to even look at the budget. I'm working with the Senate in a bipartisan way and Democrats and Republicans together to make sure we can include it in the senate budget and lets get this resolved."

Despite the special General Assembly session that started Monday, there is still no budget.

July 1st is the deadline.

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