|Del. Tag Greason (R-32nd), pictured, has embarked on the “No budget, no shave” journey with fellow Republican Del. Greg Habeeb to call attention to the General Assembly’s failure to finalize a two-year state budget during the 2014 regular session. Courtesy photos|
Local state Del. Tag Greason (R-32nd) can't be concerned with shaving. He's got a state budget to help craft and pass.
Now a half-month into his “No budget, no shave” resistance alongside state house colleague Greg Habeeb (R), Greason is looking a little grizzly.
The 2014 General Assembly session adjourned March 8 without passage of a budget, leaving open the possibility of a state government shutdown this summer. Virginia Republicans for weeks have condemned Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other pro-Medicaid expansion Democrats for their efforts to tie the health care expansion to the state's two-year spending plan.
"'No Budget, No Shave' stated innocently enough, but it has turned into a much more serious daily and visible reminder that we don't have a [fiscal 2015-2016] budget here in Virginia,” Greason, a House budget conferee, said. “It is a visible reminder for others and sparks a conversation when I get the obvious question, 'what's with the beard?”
McAuliffe has called a special General Assembly session beginning March 24 to finalize the budget.
Greason said convincing the governor “to separate Medicaid expansion from the budget” would essentially guarantee approval of a spending plan from both chambers.
“And it would allow me to shave … which my wife would certainly appreciate," he added.
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