Mamie E. Locke

Northam's vetoes and amendments should offer special session hints

Northam's vetoes and amendments should offer special session hints

When the air clears Tuesday morning from the rush of gubernatorial decisions on General Assembly bills, legislators headed to Richmond for Wednesday’s special session will have hints about how the state budget impasse might be resolved.

Overnight Gov. Ralph Northam asked for changes to several bills in which Senate Republicans have invested big capital. All could offer paths to compromise over Medicaid expansion and therefore over the state budget — Virginia’s plan for spending taxpayer money over the next two years.

The deadline for the governor to act on General Assembly bills — he had more than 870 on his desk — was midnight.

While he acted on most before Monday, he...

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