Capitol Update

2022 General Assembly Update

Budget

On March 12, the Virginia General Assembly adjourned sine die without reaching an agreement on a two-year budget that will take effect July 1. Because of this, Governor Glenn Youngkin called a special session on April 4 to address the budget and several bills that were left in conference.

The House and Senate need to reconcile their respective proposals, which are currently separated by a $3 billion spending gap. Negotiations are ongoing, but the budget conferees have made little progress since the start of the special session. The General Assembly will be in recess until the reconvene session, which is scheduled for April 27. It is unclear at this time if there will be an agreement on the budget by then.

VCA Funding

Governor Northam’s introduced budget included $7,385,666 for FY23 and FY24 for the Virginia Commission for the Arts (VCA). The Senate’s version of the budget kept this funding; however, the House budget cut the funding by $2,600,000 for FY22-23 and FY23-24.