Area school divisions and local governments were left in budget limbo about next year’s state funding Wednesday as the Virginia Senate rejected the House of Delegates’ version of the state budget.
Legislators from the Valley say the Democratic party-line vote in the Senate left the General Assembly in uncharted budget waters. And there are doubts the issue can be resolved in time for the scheduled General Assembly adjournment March 10.
“We don’t have a document to consider. There is nothing to work from. We don’t know what happens next,” said Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton. “We are looking at a real shutdown. The House budget was pretty darn good. It was not perfect, but even the Democrats in the House said it was a pretty good starting point.”
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