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As you know the General Assembly adjourned without reaching an agreement on a new budget. That means the legislators will try again at a Special Session of the General Assembly that is set to convene next Monday, March 24th. The legislators will likely be in town for several days while they debate and pass a budget in the House and Senate and then place the bills in conference to try to work out the differences.

This year’s big sticking point continues to be whether – and how – Virginia should expand its Medicaid system in the Commonwealth. Little seems to have changed in the position of either side in the debate as legislators returned home to their districts to hear from their constituents.

As Yogi Berra would say, it’s déjà vu all over again. Can we hope for a budget by MLB opening day, or will we be looking at an agreement just before the current budget runs out on June 30th? We suspect it will be the latter, and will continue to keep you updated as the budget negotiations progress.  

The General Assembly will also be returning to Richmond in April to consider any actions Governor McAuliffe takes on legislation passed during the regular Session to finish off that part of their work; meaning we will be seeing a lot of our legislators in Richmond this year.