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Compromise among VA Lawmakers Unlikely Post-Crossover Day

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State lawmakers found some crossover compromise in Richmond this week on some big issues like ethics and mental health - but don't expect cooperation to stick around.

All eyes are now set on the state budget, as House and Senate lawmakers roll out their specific priorities this weekend. The big sticking point will be Medicaid expansion, which will likely find its way into the Senate budget proposal.

But House Republicans are opposed to expansion, and say the Medicaid debate should be left out of the budget entirely.

“One of the reasons why we did that was so we wouldn't have this sort of game of chicken in the budget process,” said 66th District Delegate Kirk Cox (R).

“You've got this logjam setting up, and we're not going to know the result of that for 30 days or so,” said 57th District Delegate David Toscano (D).

If House and Senate lawmakers can't reach agreement on Medicaid expansion and a final budget by the end of session March 8, they'll have to stick around a little longer.

Virginia is constitutionally required to balance its budget each year.

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