February 20, 2022
Today, the Senate Finance and Appropriations Committee presented their amendments to Governor Northam’s 2022-2024 biennial budget, SB30, and adjustments to funding for the remaining 2022 fiscal year in SB29.
Finance and Appropriations Chair Janet Howell said: “I am very pleased with the budget the members and staff of the Committee have put together, and thank them for their tireless work for the Commonwealth. SB30 contemplates first taking care of the people who take care of Virginia’s families: healthcare workers, teachers and school support staff, mental health professionals, and state and local employees, to name a few. Making sure every child receives a quality education and every adult can prosper requires our investment for a stable future in Virginia.
“I look forward to working with the House of Delegates to present a budget that best utilizes our resources to provide for all Virginians.”
Majority Leader Dick Saslaw said: “Virginia’s economy is recovering, and the Senate budget presented today will help the Commonwealth continue on a positive trajectory. We also must provide educational opportunities to prepare the next generation for the jobs of the future, such as clean energy employment and high-demand jobs like nurses and educators. Strategic investments in workforce development along with minimizing student debt strengthens the formula for creating the skilled pipeline of workers Virginia needs going forward.”
Caucus Chair Mamie Locke said: “The budget put forth by the Senate contemplates what happens around Virginians’ kitchen tables every day. We are working to ensure security in housing and nutrition, fairness in justice, and the growth of every single Virginian. The work we have done through this budget reflects Senate Democrats’ priorities, and I’m proud to have worked on this great proposal as we continue with the legislative process.”