Budget Cheat Sheet
02/16/2014 | News |
Earlier today, the Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee met to adopt the preliminary budgets of the respective chambers, setting out their plans for the expenditure of nearly $100 billion over the next two years. There are many votes and negotiations to follow, and the final budget may look decidedly different from either of these two documents on a number of key points, but the money committees' actions today lay out a road map for...Continued »
Democrats Back Job-killing Wage Policy
02/11/2014 | News |
What a difference one vote makes.
A new Lieutenant Governor—that’s all that was needed for Democrats to reorganize the Senate, and now they’re taking full advantage. The changes are striking, and to see that, you need look no farther than the committee vote on legislation raising the minimum wage to $9.25 per hour, $2 above the federal minimum wage.
The vote in the Commerce & Labor Committee yesterday was 10-6. The AFL-CIO, SEUI, the United Food and...Continued »
Medicaid (Obamacare) Expansion by Another Name
02/07/2014 | News |
Medicaid expansion is back, only now it goes by another name. With entrenched positions established on Medicaid expansion, some legislators are floating an alternative plan involving premium assistance run through the new federally-facilitated exchange, a plan termed “Marketplace Virginia.” It would probably help to unpack a bit.
Typically, states manage Medicaid coverage directly, but there is another option, called “premium assistance,” in which Medicaid...Continued »