Landes Gets Earful From Local Leaders

By: Damon Dillman
By: Damon Dillman

The state budget impasse has been dragging on for weeks. And on Saturday, one Valley delegate got an earful from his constituents.

One issue that came up at the town hall meeting of Del. Steve Landes, R-25, is the problems the state's budget impasse is creating for local governments.

"Your failure to produce a budget during your regular session has brought hardship on every local government and every school board in the state of Virginia," Nick Collins, chairman of the Augusta County School Board, told Landes.

Without a state budget in place, local leaders don't know their exact state revenues. That means they haven't been able to finalize their own budgets.

It's an issue that Landes says state legislators are well aware of.

"That is a great concern. Most legislators I talk to, they're hearing from their local governments just like I am," Landes said after Saturday's town meeting. "And that's the reason I think there's motivation to get something done."

Earlier this week, the House of Delegates passed a compromise bill package. The Senate is working on a compromise.

Saturday marked the 95th day of the state budget crisis.


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