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The May edition of the "Richmond Report" is available for reading on the Falls Church News-Press website.

May Richmond Report


The most essential responsibility entrusted to state legislators is to be good stewards of public funds. State funds to operate government come from the citizens and should be prudently spent on infrastructure and other core services that enhance our quality of life. This past March, the General Assembly dropped the ball and left the Capitol without a spending plan. Have the last two months been the healing salve to get this job done? On May 14, the Senate will reconvene in Richmond once again to take up the task of putting a biennial budget in place.

The April edition of the "Richmond Report" is available for reading on the Falls Church News-Press website.

April Richmond Report


Since adjourning, my colleagues have used this column space to highlight some of the work of the General Assembly. I want to talk about the missed opportunity of not having a budget. The regular session adjourned with the two Republican-led chambers (both the House and Senate) at an impasse over the biennial budget. The irony in this situation is that it resembles in reverse what occurred in 2014, when the Senate supported expanding Medicaid and the House opposed expansion. Since then the Republicans have maintained a slim majority in the Senate. But the House of Delegates came within two seats of flipping to a Democratic majority with the Blue Wave of 2017. That legislative body got the “memo.” House leaders joined with Democrats to pass an amended financial plan that included expanding Medicaid by drawing down federal monies.

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