VA budget deal expected to pass this week

VIRGINIA (WUSA9) -- Virginia's budget impasse may be over this week after a Democratic Senator resigned Monday, giving control to Republicans. But the budget is being reworked with a large shortfall in revenue.

That gives Governor McAuliffe new incentive to try expanding Medicaid without the legislature.

McAuliffe is still angry over Monday's surprise resignation of Democratic State Senator Phil Puckett, which flipped control of the Senate to Republicans.

"I am just disappointed in Phil. I am disappointed that he didn't tell anybody about this. We found out through other means and I had to call him up. He didn't have the common decency to tell any of us, which ya know, we're all working hard on this and I've had many conversations with Phil on how important it was to close the coverage gap for his district," said McAuliffe.

Republicans have called the Senate back Thursday to enact a two-year state budget that, due to a revenue shortfall, is about $700 million dollars less than when the General Assembly adjourned without approving a budget. A mostly party-line dispute over medicaid expansion caused the impasse.

"We have forfeited, as you know, $800 million dollars of our money...has been forfeited back to Washington," said McAuliffe.

Republicans argue the state cannot trust the federal government to pay it's share, and many dislike the whole concept.

Senator Dick Black said, "Lyndon Johnson's great society program put generations and generations of people into government dependency. I don't believe in that."


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