RICHMOND, Va (WTVR) The Virginia state budget did not pass the Senate today; the vote was 20-19. Twenty-one votes are needed to pass the state budget.
Transportation issues in Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads area are considered the main points of contention, with light-rail extension and tunnel issues.
The missing vote is that of Senator John Edwards (D-Roanoke), although that would likely not have affected the outcome of today’s vote. Senator Chuck Colgan (D-Manassas), who previously told CBS 6 that he was going to vote for this budget, altered his vote.
Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling is typically considered the tie-breaker vote, but can not vote on budget issues.
The next step will be discussed at the Governor’s press conference, which will be held at 6:30 p.m.
The General Assembly reconvenes tomorrow for ”veto day,” and could theoretically vote again on the budget.