As he does about this time each year, Sen. Mark Obenshain (R-Harrisonburg) has pulled together a cheat sheet on the budget amendments making their way through the House and Senate. As Obenshain notes, this is not an exhaustive list. But it is instructive, particularly the bottom lines.
The Senate’s amendments result in an “ending balance” of $15.4 million, with $76.5 million in new spending, while the House has an “ending balance” of $4.6 million with a net decrease in new spending of just over $71 million.
In short, there’s plenty of room for the budgeteers to fashion a deal.
Or perhaps not, if Senate Democrats get their way:
Democrats in the evenly divided Senate signaled Sunday that they will try to force another budget stalemate unless the General Assembly agrees to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
[Continue reading Norman Leahy’s post at Bearing Drift.]
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