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Senator Saslaw's Blog

I don’t normally respond to innocent misspeaks, but when a misspeak is so egregious and misleading, I can’t let it go. Last week, both the House and Senate revealed its plan for how to spend Virginia taxpayer’s money. In a 200-plus page document, several floor amendments were introduced. With the simple majorities, they failed. I stated on the floor and I will repeat it – the Senate proposal, which does not incorporate federal dollars for Medicaid, has significant repercussions for all other aspects of the General Fund. Public education and higher education take significant hits.

However, the real work begins when the conference committee is put together and both chambers stake their claims. If only putting together a biennial spending plan for Virginia was as simple as some neophytes would like you to believe...

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