Let the good times roll!

To date, 865 budget amendments have been filed by members of the House of Delegates during this session of the Virginia General Assembly. Requests for new spending total $3,861,517,482. Requests for spending cuts total $16,907,129. Do the math. The net new spending requests in this biennial total $3,844,610,353. Keep in mind that this total is for House budget amendments only. They do not include Senate budget amendments nor the fiscal impacts found in a couple thousand bills that have been filed.

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  1. Will Vehrs Avatar
    Will Vehrs

    No need unmet!

  2. Phil Rodokanakis Avatar
    Phil Rodokanakis

    I’m surprised they’re only asking for $3.8 billion. What happened to Waler Stosch’s $6.0 billion in unmet needs?

    Let the good times roll!

  3. Barnie Day Avatar
    Barnie Day

    Yo, Phil! These are just the chicken feed budget amendments. The real dough is in the bills!

  4. Jim Bacon Avatar

    Of course the spending bills are a travesty, and a certain amount of indignation is appropriate. Before we bring out the tar and feathers, though, I have a question: How much of this stuff will get enacted? How many of these bills are submitted simply to assuage constituents with the patron knowing full well they won’t get voted out of committee?

    Ultimately, what counts is the spending levels in the final appropriation bill. Am I missing something?

  5. You’re right. And while I disagree with the elimination of the car tax, at least the House Republicans are forcing the Governor and Senate to come up with a legit tax refund…otherwise all of this money might get spent.

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