Open for Business or Upcoming Shutdown?

StateCapitolFor weeks, speculation has run rampant at the State Capitol over what authority Governor McAuliffe might have under the Virginia Constitution to keep the state operating if a budget is not passed by the start of the new fiscal year on July 1st. Attorneys for the nonpartisan Division of Legislative Services were asked to advise state lawmakers about executive options for paying bills or mitigating a government shutdown.  At the heart of the issue is the constitutional requirement for separation of powers and co-equal branches—and as Virginia Public Radio’s Anne Marie Morgan reports, the answer is … complicated.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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