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Hodges talks to Mathews board about state budget deadlock

Del. Keith Hodges gave Mathews County supervisors a legislative update during the monthly board meeting on May 27.

Hodges thanked supervisors for their guidance on pieces of legislation the General Assembly considered during this year’s regular session, which adjourned on March 8, and special budget session, which is ongoing.

The General Assembly has yet to adopt a budget, said Hodges, “and we’re really starting to feel the heat.” A Republican, Hodges said the House had passed a budget, but the Democrat-controlled Senate failed to act on it. He said the House proposal is “structurally sound” but that it does not include Medicaid expansion, which is “where the gridlock is.”

Hodges said that last year, facing large increases in the cost of Medicaid, the House and Senate agreed to remove the issue from the budget and to appoint a Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission to work on reining in the program’s costs. However, he said, M...

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