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Virginia state budget does not pass Senate

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Posted at 7:55 PM, Apr 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-04-17 19:55:13-04

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.