Virginia has budget after months of gridlock

RICHMOND (WUSA9) -- Friday morning, Virginia has a new budget. Lawmakers worked into the night Thursday to hammer out a deal.

The budget, passed just before midnight.

The amendment will keep Governor Terry McAuliffe from expanding Medicaid without legislative approval.

The House of Delegates voted 69-31 to adopt the budget. This ends the three-month stalemate to address a $1.5 billion dollar revenue shortfall.

The big break came Monday with the surprise resignation of Democratic Senator Phillip Puckett, giving Republicans the majority.

The republican-backed budget ensures that Governor McAuliffe cannot expand medicaid without legislative approval. Now, the budget is in his hands.

Democrats had wanted to include Medicaid expansion in the new budget to bring healthcare to 400,000 Virginians. The Governor quickly issued a statement last night saying, "the fight is far from over."

Also not included in the budget - money for expanding pre-kindergarten or affordable housing. Teachers and state employees will not see raises yet again.

One bright spot in the budget is that there is more money for mental health, to help ensure that what happened to Creigh Deed's son, who attacked his father and killed himself after being denied care, never happens again.


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