Posted on Monday, March 10, 2014

The 2014 General Assembly adjourned on March 8 without a budget.  Both the “caboose” bill (HB 29/SB 29) and the biennial budget bill (HB 30/SB 30) failed to be approved by both chambers.

Governor Terry McAuliffe wrote a letter to all members of the General Assembly that day, advising them that he would be calling them back for a special session to resolve the budget issues on Monday, March 24.  The special session may last up to three weeks. 

Governor McAuliffe plans to introduce a new budget bill for the next biennium, and the VCCS is in communication with his office to ensure that our priorities are considered for inclusion.  A new “caboose” bill will likely be re-introduced by the House of Delegates. 

Ellen Davenport

Ellen Davenport is assistant vice chancellor for governmental relations for the VCCS. She works with the Chancellor and Virginia's 23 community college presidents to advance the financial and policy priorities of the VCCS with the Virginia General Assembly and Congress.

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