HERNDON, Va. — Northern Virginia leaders are praising the state’s long-awaited budget deal, while also expressing concerns.
“It’s a big relief that they got it done,” said Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chair Phyllis Randall.
“I’m happy that we did something as far as Metro,” she said. “Not completely happy about the vehicle and the fact that it’s takingso much money out of local transportation projects.” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has said that he would work to change that formula next year.
Randall said the bill will also allow the county to add a much-needed judge.
“A lot of judges were funded and we are very happy about that,” she said. “It will move the judicial system along and unclog some of our court system.”
The measure includes additional education funding. Randall said she’s still in the process of figuring out how much more state money will be coming into the Loudoun County school system.
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova said she’s optimistic.
“We were projecting what were going to receive from the General Assembly,” she said. “My understanding is that some of our assumptions at the higher end are what was approved.”
Both Democratic leaders praised the budget’s expansion of Medicaid in the state.