State budget uncertainty remains despite Assembly approval
Even though the General Assembly narrowly approved Virginia’s budget late last Thursday night for the next two years, county administrators in Gloucester and Mathews remain concerned about the projected shortfall in state revenues over the next biennium.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe still must sign off on the budget for it to be official and cuts remain possible, especially in the areas of education and social services.
“The General Assembly has approved a budget, but the governor has seven days to act on it,” said Mathews County Administrator Mindy Moran. “So we might not know what we are dealing with until the end of the week.”
Once the governor makes any changes to the budget, it will be sent back to the state legislature for final approval.
Moran remains very concerned about the potential impacts the final state budget might have on funding critical county services.
“I am still concerned about the impact any cuts in the budget might have on our schools and social services, since they rely heavily on state funding,” Moran added.