Today is day 88 of Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Obamacare budget crisis.
As the clock ticks toward June 30, Governor McAuliffe’s top allies in the Senate seem oblivious to the harm they are inflicting on Virginians.
Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke) says there has been “no great outcry” to end the budget crisis, and now Senator and budget conferee Janet Howell (D-Fairfax) is leaving the country until June 24.
Meanwhile, for local governments and school boards, everything is on hold:
Superintendent Scott Brabrand sounded a note of worry about the not-yet-passed state budget during a Lynchburg City School Board meeting Tuesday night.In theory, school board members will vote to finalize the 2014-15 school year operating budget June 17, so Brabrand presented a budget summary document for their review.He cautioned the board may not be able to move ahead with finalizing the budget at that last planned school board meeting of the fiscal year, if state lawmakers don’t approve their own budget in the meantime.
“We are not in a position yet to approve this budget until the state gives us guidance,” he said. “Everything really is on hold.”
This position is supported by over 100 local governments, school boards, business groups and local elected officials. The Virginia Chamber of Commerce says lawmakers should “set aside” any issue that may create an impasse and pass a budget to protect Virginia’s reputation as a great state for business.
It is long past time to end this budget crisis. Governor McAuliffe and his allies should drop their demands for Obamacare, compromise and pass a clean budget right away.