Virginia Budget

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Now that the Democrats are seizing power in Richmond, interest groups are already angling for money from the budget.

In a briefing in Richmond Monday, Virginia’s Secretary of Finance Aubrey Layne told state lawmakers that revenues aren’t keeping pace with expenditures. 

The blackface scandals have caused lawmakers to approach a number of policy issues in new ways. That includes the budget.

A handful of Democrats in the statehouse briefly blocked a tax relief package after progressive groups said it disproportionately hurt low-income African-Americans.

As voters are considering their options later this year, many of the wealthiest in Virginia will be getting a check in the mail — thanks to the budget that lawmakers are moving forward with in Richmond.