A proposed small procedural change to a legislative commission may be the starting point of a compromise that ends a months-long impasse over the Virginia state budget.
The scores of losing players in last week’s $425 million Powerball jackpot did more than take an extremely long shot at getting rich. Their ticket purchases also helped fund a small but increasingly important part of their states’ budgets.
Former President Bill Clinton says states need to become more responsible budgeters.
The Maryland Senate has approved the state’s roughly $37 billion budget.
A leading Senate budget negotiator expressed frustration Monday that House conferees were not meeting senators halfway in last-minute budget talks.
As Virginia Senators on both sides of the aisle continued to quarrel, the last version of the state budget died Wednesday and put the state’s fiscal future into limbo.