Lawmakers Back In Session This Week

The General Assembly returns to Richmond this week to consider more than 200 budget amendments proposed by Governor Youngkin. But some fear that it could turn into a major disagreement split down party lines. The Governor is calling to drop all tax increases that were included in the budget that the Democratic controlled Senate and House of Delegates approved last month. Youngkin says there is enough money in the state’s coffers right now to avoid any increased taxes, although he is willing to drop calls for additional tax cuts in the future if necessary. Lawmakers have until June 30th to negotiate a budget. If they don’t get the job done by then, the state government would have to shut down, although that is very unlikely at this point.