As of Thursday morning, the General Assembly had yet to agree on a budget — the last remaining piece of what has been a tumultuous and contentious legislative session.
The House of Delegates has twice sent an amended version of the governor’s budget to the Senate. With less than three days left in the session, the Senate had failed to pass any budget — on strict party-line votes.
Failure to pass a budget on time seems to have become the rule rather than the exception in the past decade: In five out of seven years from 2001 to 2008, the General Assembly has failed to pass a budget on time. In those years, by working through the budget and taking additional time, we have created a better budget. I hope the same thing will happen before the current fiscal year ends on June 30.