Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Yes Virginia, There Is a Budget!

The House quickly took up and passed HB5001 (the Caboose Budget that covers the remainder of this fiscal year) and HB5002 (the 2018-2020 Biennial Budget). Virginia becomes the 34th state to expand Medicaid.

Enormous gratitude to Speaker Kirk Cox, House Appropriations Chair, Delegate Chris Jones, House Minority Leader, Delegate David Toscano, Senator Dick Saslaw, the Senate Democratic Caucus, and especially to Senator Emmett Hanger. Without Senator Hanger, this would not have happened. And, of course, a big shout out to the Freshman Class of the House of Delegates. The election last fall set the stage for today. Elections matter!

Many details to come, but your GR Director is ready to close out this session and celebrate this hard-fought, years-long win. Thank you to our activists who engaged, called, wrote letters, and sent emails. You made the difference. We have a budget that invests in Virginia, our public schools, and our public school employees!

FYI, in case you are wondering why they are coming back to session on June 11, it's to take up elections of judges.