“We certainly are going to get a lot more information over the next several weeks and try to put something together that makes sense,” said state Sen. George Barker (D-Fairfax) in a recent statement to the press. While both Sen. Barker and House Appropriations Chairman state Del. Barry Knight (R-Virginia Beach) confirmed the pause, they did not specify when negotiations will continue.
Lawmakers in the House and Senate were unable to reach an agreement on a comprehensive state budget before the 2023 session concluded on February 25. Instead, the General Assembly passed a stopgap budget bill on the last day of session, which only addressed a narrow set of issues. The so-called 'skinny budget' - which allocated additional money for public schools, the state’s revenue stabilization fund, state construction projects, and the Virginia Retirement System trust fund - did not make any changes to existing child care funding.
The Partnership is continuing to closely monitor the negotiations and urging lawmakers to maximize investments in Virginia's early learning system.
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