Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

April 1, 2014

Va. Senate to hold budget hearings as Medicaid debate continues


Associated Press

RICHMOND, Va. — The Democratic controlled Virginia Senate is set to hold a public hearing Tuesday afternoon on Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposed budget.

McAuliffe proposed a budget last month after the General Assembly adjourned from its regular session without passing a roughly $96 billion two-year spending plan.

The governor and Democratic lawmakers want a budget that expands Medicaid eligibility to about 400,000 low-income residents. The GOP-controlled House of Delegates oppose Medicaid expansion.

At a news conference Tuesday morning, House Speaker William J. Howell called the Senate’s hearing a dog and pony show and urged Democrats to allow a state budget without Medicaid expansion to pass. Other Republicans riffed on the timing of the Senate’s hearing occurring on April Fools’ Day.