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General Assembly Adopts New Budget

General Assembly Adopts New Budget

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The General Assembly endured another marathon session before it approved a new budget that does not expand Virginia’s Medicaid program. The State Senate okayed a new spending plan late Thursday night, and the House followed suit early Friday morning. Henrico Democratic Delegate Joe Morrissey wants Governor McAuliffe to veto the new budget. Rockbridge County Republican Ben Cline disagrees with Morrissey, and says most Virginians will like this plan. Cline says public employees, including teachers and police officers, are no longer being held hostage. Reston Democrat Janet Howell is among the State Senators who does not like the new budget. She’s upset that state employee pay raises are unlikely in the new budget cycle. While these debates were raging at the State Capitol, advocates of Medicaid expansion held rallies outside City Hall and in Staunton. Meanwhile, local Delegate David Toscano (pictured) is demanding an investigation into possible offers of employment to former State Senator Phil Puckett. Toscano will ask Virginia’s Inspector General to investigate the State Tobacco Commission and its relationship with the Russell County Democrat. Puckett declared Monday that a Washington Post story that suggested he would be hired to run that commission was wrong.

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FILE - In this March 2, 2014 file photo, Bono arrives at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. A New York City doctor says U2 singer Bono suffered multiple fractures and had to have two surgeries after his weekend bicycle accident. Orthopedic trauma surgeon Dr. Dean Lorich says Bono underwent a five-hour surgery on his elbow in which three plates and 18 screws were inserted on Sunday night. Bono had another surgery to repair a fracture to his left pinkie on Monday. Lorich says Bono will need therapy but a full recovery is expected.

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