The Virginia Chamber of Commerce has been a Medicaid expansion advocate throughout this General Assembly session. The organization’s support has been a boon both to Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) and to Democrats in general because it placed the most visible representative of Virginia’s business community on their side.
But in concert with the House Republican proposal yesterday to get the state budget done on time, and then tackle Medicaid, alone, in a special session, a crack has formed in the Democrat-business foundation:
“The Virginia Chamber of Commerce urges the General Assembly to work to pass a budget bill on time. Failure to do so could have serious implications for the Commonwealth. In 2013, Forbes.com again named Virginia as the Best State for Business. Without a budget, this status, as well as Virginia’s status as the best managed state in the country will be put in jeopardy. In addition, Virginia’s AAA bond rating could be threatened. If the process of budget negotiations goes too far beyond the scheduled due date, Virginia’s budget uncertainty could affect investment decisions by businesses and potentially discourage companies from locating or expanding in the Commonwealth.”
And later, in the same statement, we have this:
“We ask members to find a constructive process to set aside any issue that may create an impasse and avoid jeopardizing Virginia’s reputation as the nation’s best managed state and the best state for business.”
A couple of things worth noting…
[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]
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