Governor Ralph Northam Sets Date for Special Session to Reach Final Budget Agreement

Mar 13, 2018

Governor Ralph Northam is calling state lawmakers back to work next month to pass a state budget.

Northam announced Tuesday that he's calling a special session on April 11th. The move comes after lawmakers adjourned the regular 2018 session last week without passing a state spending plan.

The GOP-led General Assembly is split on whether to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income Virginians. The House supports expansion while the Senate does not.

The disagreement on Medicaid and a related hospital tax is blocking lawmakers from passing a state budget for the next two years.

It's unclear if there will be an agreement by April 11th.

Virginia's government will shut down on July 1st if no budget is passed.