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The $90 million in cuts the McAuliffe administration is seeking from Virginia's public colleges and universities this fiscal year and next are likely to spare students.
Now that Virginia legislators have passed a budget, Gov. Terry McAuliffe must decide whether to veto the measure and risk a government shutdown or accept it and risk not expanding Medicaid coverage to 400,000 Virginians.
House and Senate budget negotiators generally agree on how to plug Virginia's growing budget gap and will have a budget ready for lawmakers to consider Thursday.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe showed no signs of backing down from his position that the state should expand Medicaid during an appearance on WTOP's "Ask the Governor" show Wednesday.
House Republicans say they remain resolute in their opposition to using federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to as many as 400,000 low-income Virginians.
Americans for Tax Reform is applauding House Speaker William J. Howell for his opposition to Medicaid expansion.
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