MARK IN THE NEWS
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Richmond, VA 23219
301 King St
Alexandria, VA 22314
Special Session Begins Wednesday
The Fight for Medicaid Expansion Resumes
Since we adjourned our session this year without passing a budget, Governor Northam has called us back for a special session to begin Wednesday. The main source of contention between the House and Senate has been Medicaid Expansion, which I remain fully committed to. The House passed a budget, which I voted for, back in February that expanded Medicaid using the nearly half a billion federal dollars that we've been inexplicably refusing for the past four years. But the Senate went the other way and stripped Medicaid Expansion out of their budget.
On Wednesday, we'll return to get this new session started so that we can pass another budget and try to reach agreement with the Senate. I expect the House to again pass a budget that expands Medicaid, and I will be happy to support such a budget on the House floor. That will likely be taken up next week. Then, the key will be the negotiations with the Senate. The dam is already showing cracks, as two Republican Senators have expressed willingness to make a deal; with their votes, we'd potentially have enough to get it through the Senate. That's why I'm excited to be heading back to Richmond. I'll do everything I can to fight to get Medicaid Expansion into the budget, and I will not vote for a budget that doesn't include it.
Stay tuned for more. As the special session continues, I'll periodically send out more newsletters to update you on our progress.
Governor Vetoes Country Club Bill
HB 1204 was a bill introduced by Republican Delegate Tim Hugo that, if passed, would override Arlington County's authority to set property tax assessments for two country clubs in Arlington, cutting their taxes. Note that this was not an effect of a larger, statewide bill; this was the entire bill! It was narrowly crafted to only apply to Arlington County and only these two country clubs. The issue is currently the subject of litigation and is being negotiated between the country clubs and the County, so it would be absolutely wrong for the General Assembly to step in. It would also be against the state constitution to interfere with a locality's property tax assessments like this. I stood up on the House floor during Session and made that argument, but the Republican majority passed the bill over my objections. That's why my Arlington colleagues and I lobbied the Governor and sent him a letter asking him to veto HB 1204.
I'm pleased to report that the Governor has taken our advice and vetoed the bill! We'll be taking up vetoes at the Reconvened Session next week, and I'm confident that we'll have the votes to sustain his veto and keep this terrible bill from becoming law.
Next Mark's Monthly Meetup Sunday, April 29
Los Tios in Del Ray
Sunday at 2 pm
Come let's discuss Medicaid Expansion or any other issue on your mind.
Please join us for March's Mark's Monthly Meetup
Sunday, April 29 from 2-4 pm
at Los Tios Mexican restaurant in Del Ray
(2615 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria).
And if you miss April, there's always May, June, or July. Every month, I make sure to be available in this informal setting for any constituent who wishes to discuss a problem or just say hello.
In the Community...
March for Our Lives
With Rep. Gerry Connolly talking to marchers
Gathering at the Memorial Bridge
Marching down Pennsylvania Ave
Other events in the Community
Arlington Senior Dems Luncheon with the Arlington Delegation
Alexandria Dems Legislative Wrap Up with the Alexandria delegation
Arlington Dems Legislative Wrap Up with the Arlington Delegation
Leading the Pledge of Allegiance at Sen. Tim Kaine's campaign kickoff
Celebrating Emancipation Day at Third Baptist Church
Opening Day at Arlington Little League with Sen. Barbara Favola, Kristina Boehk, and Arlington County Board Members Katie Cristol and Libby Garvey
Alexandria Dems Straw Poll
Upcoming Events - Please Join Me!
Wednesday April 11, Noon
State Capitol, Richmond
Thursday April 12, Noon
Alexandria Days of Remembrance
Market Square, 301 King St, Alexandria
Thursday April 12, 8:30 pm
Fairfax County LGBTQ+ Democrats Meeting
FCDC HQ, 8500 Executive Park Ave, Suite 402, Fairfax
Saturday April 14, 10am
League of Women Voters Post-Session Forum
Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy St, Arlington
Saturday April 14, 5:30pm
Equality Virginia Dinner
403 N. Third St, Richmond
Tuesday April 17, 2pm
March on Richmond for Medicaid Expansion
Capitol Square, Richmond
Tuesday April 17, 4 pm
State Capitol, Richmond
Wednesday April 18, Noon
State Capitol, Richmond
It is always my honor and privilege to serve you.
Delegate Mark Levine
Serving Alexandria, Arlington, and Fairfax in Virginia's 45th District