RICHMOND, Va (WVIR) -
Frustration continues to intensify among lawmakers in Richmond. Despite being uncomfortably close to a state shutdown, they are still no closer to reaching a deal on the budget.
Lawmakers have until June 30 before we cross over into the next fiscal year. Without adopting a state budget by then, Virginia then enters uncharted territory.
Monday, the House Appropriations Committee met and discussed the bleak prospects ahead. Delegates moved from talking compromise to preparing for the worst. Delegates brought in legislative services attorneys to speculate on what Governor Terry McAuliffe could do about the hold-up and what powers he holds if we pass the deadline this summer.
Those lawyers believe Governor McAuliffe would have limited authority to spend any funds even if he declares a state of emergency. On the other hand, the governor says it is time to act.
"That would be such a mess and so much uncharted territory that clearly we don't want to go there,” said 66th District Delegate Kirk Cox (R).
"The government is never going to shut down. We're going to continue to function, we're going to do it the Virginia way,” said Governor McAuliffe.
Governor McAuliffe met with House and Senate conferees to talk about the budget Monday afternoon. The governor deflected questions on the potential for a shutdown. He also said he believes that he has the power to continue spending money even if a deal on the budget is not reached.
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