Local Lawmakers Urge Movement on Budget Deal

There seems to be consensus among Shenandoah Valley legislators that it’s time for action on the Virginia state budget. While there are no announced developments on the budget impasse and Medicaid expansion, there is a perception that something needs to be done soon. “We’ve consistently said there is an urgency to do it. House members have heard from local governments and folks,’’ said Del. Steve Landes, R-Weyers Cave.

Landes said the ball is in the court of the Virginia Senate, which must act on the House budget and return it before a conference committee can be chosen. Sen. Emmett Hanger, R-Mount Solon, agrees that it’s a time for leadership. “Those of us in leadership positions must meet in small groups and make concessions,’’ Hanger said. The senator said it would “totally inappropriate” not to have a budget by the start of the next fiscal year on July 1. Landes said local governments in his district are frustrated by the inaction.

 

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