(c) 2018, The Washington Post.
RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia’s General Assembly wrapped up its 2018 regular session Saturday with its most important task unfinished. At an impasse over whether to expand Medicaid to some 400,000 eligible Virginians, the legislature failed to pass a state budget before adjournment and will have to take that up at a special session.
That stumble eclipsed several significant accomplishments during the 60-day legislative session, including a sweeping overhaul of electric utility regulation and several pieces of criminal justice reform that had been stalled for years.
“I’m proud of the work we’ve been able to do in the last 60 days,” Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam said shortly before both houses adjourned. “(But) we’ve left one of our largest missions unfinished, and that’s the budget.” He promised to call a special session soon, possibly within the next two or three weeks.
The legislature must pass a …
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