Virginia still without a state budget as April comes to a close

Virginia flag flying at James Madison University in April 2018
Virginia flag flying at James Madison University in April 2018(WHSV)
Published: Apr. 29, 2018 at 6:34 PM EDT
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As April comes to a close, Virginia has no budget for the next fiscal year which begins this summer.

The Virginia Senate will consider a new state budget on May 14th. Those who depend on state funding, from local governments to public schools and universities, remain in the dark as they outline their own budgets.

House of Delegates member Ben Cline (R - 24th district) said elected leaders are hoping a deal can be reached before a July 1st deadline.

"We're just hopeful we can get a balanced budget quick, and get home, and get our local governments funded," Delegate Cline said. "So they can keep going under normal operations. They're in a stand-by mode right now."

The House of Delegates included Medicaid expansion in its budget. Delegate Cline said he would rather see the money go to other places, like education.