June 1, 2018
On Wednesday, both the State Senate and Virginia House of Delegates voted for our final biennium budget. This comes after months of debate and two budget proposals from the House of Delegates to the State Senate. The passage of our budget is monumental. Being the 34th state, which includes DC, in the nation adopt Medicaid expansion, we are proving that the people are our priority. This fiscally responsible budget makes smarks investments in our community, while also protecting our AAA Bond Rating.
What's In the Budget?
- Medicaid Expansion: In our biennium budget, we expanded Medicaid, extending health coverage to over 300,000 newly eligible Virginians. This expansion will provide health care for Virginians ages 18-64 and who make up to 138% of the federal poverty level (approximately $17,000 per year for a single individual and $29,000 for a family of three). This expansion will protect our families, will ensure that our children have proper health care, and provide a health care option to the 13% of Fairfax County and 9% of Loudoun County's population who is uninsured.
- Teacher Salary Increases: Our biennium budget includes a state share of a 3% salary increase for K-12 employees. Investing in our educators and school support staff is vital, and this increase attests to our investment in them.
- Disability Waiver Funding: The budget invests in additional 326 Family and Individual Supports waivers, providing families with a dependent who has a developmental disability with wrap-around support. Additionally, the budget adds 384 Community Living, 895 Family and Individual Supports and 40 Building Independence redesigned waiver slots for those with developmental disabilities.
- Investment in Rehabilitation: Our biennium budget invests $17.8 million in rehabilitation and transition services for our incarcerated population. This investment provides funding for proper jail discharge planning and training for those returning to their community.
- Investing in Our Children: Our budget increases the lottery pay per pupil by an average of $195 per student. This increase does not require a local match and allows us to further support our students.
- Filling Court Vacancies: For too long, our court systems have operated while being understaffed and overbooked. Several judgeship positions across the Commonwealth have been approved, yet have not been properly funded. Our biennium budget invests in filling these positions in our second year and will ensure that all vacant and approved positions are supported and filled.
You can find the full compromise budget here.
A budget is a testament to one's values and priorities. Our biennium budget proves that we are wanting to invest in Virginians, that we want to protect the underserved, and that we are working towards a better tomorrow. I am proud to have been a supporter of this comprehensive budget and look forward to the great changes ahead of us.
June Office Hours:
Please join me on June 2nd at the Chantilly Regional Library from 11 AM - 1 PM for my monthly office hours. I would love to talk to you about any issues you may be facing in the 67th House District or concerns you may have about the Commonwealth. To be sure that I can meet with everyone, please be sure to sign-up for a time slot at https://signupgenius.com/go/20f0e45adad29aafd0-delegate4 . If you are unable to attend or have other questions or comments please do not hesitate to contact me at DelkDelaney@house.virginia.gov or at 703-996-9415.
See you on June 2nd!