Day 10 of Gov. McAuliffe’s budget impasse

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Today is day ten of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s budget impasse.

A new poll out yesterday from the Foundation for Government Accountability shows that Virginians overwhelmingly oppose the Governor and Senate Democrats’ planned government shutdown. 56.5% of those surveyed said they opposed a state government shutdown.

Despite this, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw (D-Fairfax) told John Fredericks yesterday that the Governor and General Assembly Democrats are not backing down.

On my radio show on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Dick Saslaw — “The Godfather” — said there was “zero” chance the state senate would change their budget position on MedEx.

When asked if Gov. Terry McAuliffe would “blink” to avoid a coming government shutdown, Saslaw said: “just look at this Governor’s history and there is your answer.”

I’ll take that as a “no.”

Governor McAuliffe drew the line in the sand on Obamacare expansion last fall. He backed off when it became politically inconvenient on the campaign trail, but he and his allies in the Senate are all in again.

Virginians don’t want a government shutdown. They want lawmakers to finish their job and pass a budget.