$300 million budget gap possible for Va. budget

virginia-general-assembly-logoRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A possible $300 million gap is adding a new wrinkle to state budget impasse that threatens a possible state government shutdown.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe met with key lawmakers Monday at the Capitol to tell them about lower-than-expected tax revenues that could leave a $300 million budget hole for the current fiscal year.

McAuliffe said he told lawmakers that the budget gap shows the need for compromise on passing a state budget for the next two years.

Republican and Democrats haven’t been able to pass a roughly $96 billion biennial budget for several weeks because of disagreements over whether to expand Medicaid eligibility to as many as 400,000 low income residents.

Republicans said the new revenue numbers bolster their case for passing a budget without Medicaid expansion.

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