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General Assembly overtime likely amid budget squabble

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) – Monday marks the beginning of the last scheduled week of the General Assembly, but it appears likely the session will go into overtime.

CBS 6 political analyst Dr. Bob Holsworth said that Saturday departure is unlikely as Democrats and Republicans battle over the budget.

A few high-ranking members of the legislature told CBS 6 News political reporter Joe St. George that they would be shocked if there is an agreement before May 1.

That is because of a disagreement over whether or not to expand Medicaid. Democrats argue that the expansion is morally justified, while Republicans think it is too big of a financial risk.

However, legislative overtime does not come cheap. In 2011, it was estimated that everyday lawmakers stay in Richmond taxpayers shell out $20,000.

However, lawmakers have until July 1 to get a compromise done or the government shuts down.

Del. Israel O’Quinn said overtime bills would hopefully not be that high since every legislator would not necessarily need to be in Richmond every day.

“Even if it does go well into overtime, I don’t think we will have to be here all the way through i think we will be coming back and forth enough,” O’Quinn said.

2 comments

  • Glen Allen

    I certainly hope they put their thinking caps on and take a good hard look at how the bickering and stubbornness affected the Federal Government when they were unable to do their job with regard to Obamacare. I think these guys should be given one week to settle their differences, and their pay should stop. Their pending overtime has nothing to do with their employer (State tax payers). Now kindly get to work please!

  • Manalishi.

    I suppose a budget is complicated with a democrat administration. Spend less than you take and stop the gimmick math. It’s only complicated with those that would defraud you.

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