STAUNTON -- Del. Steve Landes made it clear to area business leaders Wednesday that state government will mostly shut down if there is no budget agreement by June 30.
"Only the General Assembly can appropriate funds, the governor has some discretion,'' said Landes. The Augusta County delegate said only top state officeholders such as Gov. Terry McAuliffe, Lt. Gov. Ralph Northam and Attorney General Mark Herring would continue to be paid if no budget is hammered out by the Virginia Senate and House.
"He can't operate a state government with these limited powers,'' said Landes of McAuliffe. The delegate spoke at the spring legislative breakfast at The Club at Ironwood sponsored by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce.