State budget negotiations continue, two weeks after General Assembly adjourned
RICHMOND, Va. (WDBJ) - Two weeks after the regular session of the General Assembly ended, we’re still waiting for a compromise on the state budget.
Lawmakers left Richmond earlier this month without passing a new two-year spending plan, and negotiators have been working behind the scenes to strike a deal.
What’s most unusual, says Virginia Tech professor and WDBJ7 political analyst Bob Denton, is the silence surrounding those talks.
“I find it interesting that perhaps a lot is going on behind the scenes, and the Governor has said he’d rather have a good budget than to rush it, but it’s the silence, not the public debate about the budget, that I find highly unusual,” Denton said.
What we’re seeing, Denton said, is a dance between Democrats and Republicans who want to say they prevailed on their budget priorities.
But he remains optimistic we will see a compromise, perhaps by early April.
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