After lawmakers fail to pass Va. budget, Northam calls for special session

Governor Ralph Northam says he sees no value whatsoever in drilling off the coast of Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is calling state lawmakers back to work next month to pass a state budget.

Northam, a Democrat, announced Tuesday that he’s calling a special session on April 11. The move comes after lawmakers adjourned the regular 2018 session last week without passing a state spending plan.

The GOP-led General Assembly is split on whether to expand Medicaid to about 300,000 low-income Virginians. The House supports expansion while the Senate does not.

The disagreement on Medicaid and a related hospital tax is blocking lawmakers from passing a state budget for the next two years.

It’s unclear if there will be an agreement by April 11.

State government will shut down on July 1 if no budget is passed.