UPDATED: Va. budget could be passed by Friday

RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said that the budget could  be passed by Friday.

The Virginia state budget did not pass the Senate Tuesday; the vote was 20-19. Twenty-one votes are needed to pass the state budget.

Transportation issues in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads area are considered the main points of contention, with light-rail extension and tunnel issues.

The missing vote is that of Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke), although that would likely not have affected the outcome of today’s vote. Senator Chuck Colgan (D-Manassas), who previously told CBS 6 that he was going to vote for this budget, altered his vote.

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is typically considered the tie-breaker vote, but can not vote on budget issues.

The next step will be discussed at the Governor’s press conference, which will be held at 6:30 p.m.

The General Assembly reconvenes tomorrow for  ”veto day,” and could theoretically vote again on the budget.

Tracy Sears is covering the press conference and will have an update at 7 p.m. on CBS 6 and WTVR.com, livestream.

This has been a breaking news alert.


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