As most of you are aware by now, last Saturday, March 8 the 2014 General Assembly Session adjourned Sine Die. Unfortunately, however, we did so without a budget. The Governor has called for a Special Session on March 24 to allow us to continue our budget discussion.
My hope is that the conferees will be able to reach some sort of agreement by that point. Our localities, school divisions, and other agencies that require state funds need for the General Assembly to act on a budget now so that they can move forward with setting their own budgets.
Prior to the Special Session, I would love to hear from you. I will be hosting a “Dutch-Treat” Lunch Meeting at 12:00 noon on Saturday, March 22 at Mrs. Rowe’s in Staunton.
Due to space constraints, an RSVP is required. Please RSVP to Savanna at firstname.lastname@example.org by Wednesday March 19.
Whatever your views on Medicaid Expansion, there is no question that Virginians need a budget now. If we remove Medicaid Expansion from the budget, the Governor still has the authority to call a Special Session for Medicaid further down the road. It is wrong to hold hostage our teachers, public safety personnel, state employees, and localities due to disagreement on one issue.
If you agree with me that Virginia should pass a clean budget, please let Governor McAuliffe know. You can do so by signing this petition.
This is a reminder that we are now once again operating out of our district office. You can reach us by phone at 540-448-3999.
Throughout the interim, please be aware that our Richmond office is closed. Though we try to routinely monitor the voicemails in our Richmond office, we ask that for the quickest response that you please call our district phone number.
You can also continue to reach us by email at DelDBell@house.virginia.gov, and by mail at Post Office Box 239, Staunton, Virginia 24402.
As always, thank you for allowing me to serve as your delegate.