NEW: Governor Announces Budget Amendments
HARRISONBURG — Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced more than 100 budget amendments for the General Assembly to consider on Monday, including a two-year pilot program to expand Medicaid.
Senators and delegates have returned to Richmond for a special session to reach a deal on a $96 billion, two-year spending plan. They have yet to agree on how to handle Medicaid: House Republicans want a budget deal separate from expansion talk, while the Senate wants to expand health insurance to up to 400,000 Virginians.
The governor’s pilot proposal “gives Virginia the flexibility to ensure that the program works for our citizens and our budget before moving forward,” McAuliffe said in a press release.
Other budget highlights include a 2 percent raise for state employees and teachers and $17 million in additional funding for the Line of Duty Act, which covers benefits for public safety employees killed or injured on the job.