Youngkin, Democrats to start over on budget talks

Virginia's General Assembly agreed in April to return to Richmond in May to vote on an updated state budget currently being negotiated between Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin and state Democratic leaders. (Michael O'Connor/Dogwood)

By Michael O'Connor

April 18, 2024

The Republican governor stood with Democratic leaders in the General Assembly on Wednesday in a bid to ease tensions over their budget debate.

Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin and Democrats in the General Assembly are re-starting state budget negotiations on friendlier footing, suggesting Virginia will avert a government shutdown after weeks of public sparring between the two sides.

Standing together in the state Capitol building, Youngkin and Democratic leaders in the General Assembly said on Wednesday they will negotiate a new state budget in the coming weeks. An updated budget will then be presented to the General Assembly on May 13th and voted on in a special session on May 15th.

“There’s nothing that’s off the table,” House Appropriations Chair Luke Torian (D-Prince William) told reporters in Richmond Wednesday. “Everything will be up for discussion and deliberations.”

The return to the drawing board comes after budget talks appeared to break down over Youngkin’s botched arena deal, the governor’s campaign-style events criticizing the budget passed in the General Assembly, and Democrats displeasure over Youngkin’s numerous budget amendments.

Now, Virginia’s elected leaders are projecting a spirit of collaboration as they go back to square one in drawing up a budget before the current one expires July 1.

  • Michael O'Connor

    Michael is an award-winning journalist who has been covering Virginia news since 2013 with reporting stints at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Virginia Business, and Richmond BizSense. A graduate of William & Mary and Northern Virginia Community College, he also covered financial news for S&P Global Market Intelligence.

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