ICYMI: Another wasted opportunity in Richmond

Dollar-sign-with-ShadowMy latest op-ed, title above, appeared in The Virginian-Pilot last Thursday. I finally got around to writing about the “full and fair” hearing that the legislature had. It was, of course, anything but. Not that I expected anything different.


Virginia has always taken a fiscally conservative stance, regardless of which party is in charge. It is not conservative to forgo $2 billion annually in Medicaid funds and instead balance the budget on the backs of Virginia’s workers and its localities.

It is not fiscally conservative to authorize the spending of money for attorneys when there is a clear lack of need for them. And it’s certainly not fiscally conservative to waste money on a special session that was an absolute charade.

Since the legislature is technically still in session, perhaps they can use their time wisely and get redistricting right (my topic for tomorrow’s column).

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