RICHMOND – A new biennial budget containing major investments in education, workforce and economic development takes effect today, along with new laws designed to modernize Virginia’s high schools and open up civilian employment opportunities to veterans.
The two-year budget represents the capstone of the 2016 legislative session, which also resulted in the passage of 780 bills and resolutions, many of which take effect on July 1.
This year, the McAuliffe administration passed 138 out of 190 bills, a 73 percent success rate.
“During this year’s legislative session, I am proud to say we made great strides in growing and diversifying our new Virginia economy by strengthening our economic and workforce investments to ensure the Commonwealth is the best place to locate and grow a business,” said Governor McAuliffe. “We worked with bipartisan partners to achieve historic advances in education, workforce development, economic development, public safety and transportation. We will continue to ensure that all Virginians have opportunities to realize their full potential.”
The new budget is the signature fiscal accomplishment for the McAuliffe administration, creating a blueprint for achieving the Governor’s top priority, building a new Virginia economy. It includes $1 billion in new investments in education at all levels as well as new dollars for research and development and increased access to childhood nutrition programs.
Among the most significant accomplishments of this year’s legislative session were two historic agreements on Interstate 66 and public safety.
The first agreement will provide relief to one of the most traffic-choked corridors in one of the nation’s most traffic-choked regions. It will help unlock Northern Virginia from congestion that is preventing the region from reaching its full economic potential.
The firearms agreement protects families from gun violence and increases access to background checks at gun shows. The agreement will save lives and keep Virginia families safer.
The list below highlights key McAuliffe administration legislative accomplishments taking effect today:
The Biennial Budget