Dozens Camp Out to Blast State Budget

Dozens of people waited for hours in sub-freezing temperatures Monday, hoping to sign-up for a top spot to address state lawmakers about the latest budget proposal.

According to the Virginia Capitol Police, people started lining up at 3:30 a.m. for the public hearing, which didn’t start until noon.

By 8:30, more than 120 speakers had signed up.

Once the meeting started, lawmakers listened as folks sounded off about proposed cuts to education, public safety and disability services.

Folks pushing the state for more assistance for families caring for people with severe mental and physical challenges showed up en masse.

Last year, lawmakers were able to restore some of the cuts to the so-called MR waiver program. But that effort will likely be wiped out by this year’s reductions, if approved.

Stay tuned — this will be a talker among lawmakers and lobbyists this session.

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