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Topic - Walter A. Stosch
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The House Appropriations Committee doesn't plan to consider any amendments offered by Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe to Virginia's proposed two-year budget.
A senior Virginia state senator on Tuesday blasted a campaign ad from Democrat Terry McAuliffe as a misleading "example of self-puffery" — a development that comes as Mr. McAuliffe and Republican Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II try to soften their public images early in the high-stakes gubernatorial contest.
The indestructible force met the immovable object last week: Grover Norquist, the anti-tax advocate who presides over Americans for Tax Reform, dared to take on Virginia Senate Minority Leader Richard L. Saslaw, Fairfax Democrat.
An amended Senate budget that provides $300 million in additional funds for the Dulles Metrorail project and millions more for K-12 and pre-K education passed the Senate Finance Committee unanimously Thursday, as Virginia's lingering budget stalemate took a step closer to resolution.
Gov. Bob McDonnell says he is becoming "increasingly concerned" with the lack of "substantive ideas" put forth by state Senate Democrats as legislators in both General Assembly chambers prepare to release their respective budget proposals Sunday.
Gov. Bob McDonnell's 2012 transportation agenda took a major stumble Wednesday as several of his top priorities were stripped from a Senate omnibus bill, which also includes a measure to index the state's gasoline tax to inflation that his office has not openly embraced.
Despite a concerted push to overhaul Virginia's retirement system for public employees, a high-profile proposal to offer them an optional 401(k)-style plan would not save the state significant money over the next decade, according to a report released Monday.
Funding for the department that oversees Medicaid in Virginia has swelled by 143 percent over the past decade as the state grapples with increased health care costs and the prospect of dramatically expanded participation starting in 2014 as a result of federal reforms.
RICHMOND — Two Republican state senators lost to conservative challengers, while three Republican incumbents survived in yesterday's legislative primaries.
"It's not a discourtesy at all," Stosch told the newspaper. "It's an invitation to talk informally and then use the formal process of the reconvened session and then consider whatever amendments he proposes."
Senate Finance Chairman Walter A. Stosch, R-Henrico, said he hasn't determined whether his committee would consider budget amendments proposed by McAuliffe.