Provided by Del. Hala Ayala’s Office
Yesterday, the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee released and passed the 2020 Budget. This includes the Governor’s Budget and numerous budget amendments presented to and approved by the Appropriations Committee.
The budget contains many advancements. Advancements include the nearly $300 million for increasing teacher pay in both years of the budget, $76 million for the cost of the minimum wage increase for state employees, and $21 million for increasing Medicaid Developmental Disability Waiver rates.
“I am so proud to see the increase for the Medicaid Developmental Disability Waiver rates. … I want to give a special thanks to Del. Mark Sickles for his advocacy as well as Prince William County’s legislative affairs team, the Arc, and Chairman Luke Torian for all of their hard work for this very important issue,” said Del. Ayala. “This … budget is the most progressive our Commonwealth has seen in its history. … [A]t the same time [it]maintains the fiscal responsibility that allows Virginia to save nearly $2.2 billion and retain our ‘AAA’ bond rating. I am looking forward to supporting this budget on the House floor.”
Prince William County will benefit directly through the increased funding for Pre-K-12 education. The county will also benefit in the transportation area, much of it due to HB 1414, the transformative transportation omnibus bill. Additionally, the Governor announced a $125,000 grant to Prince William County Public Schools for the purposes of promoting computer science programs.
A record number of Prince William’s delegation serves leadership positions this year. Del. Torian is the Chair of the Appropriations Committee. Dels. Guzman and Roem serve as Chairs on numerous subcommittees. Del. Ayala is the Chief Deputy Whip for the majority caucus. She is also Vice-Chair of the Communications, Technology, and Innovation Committee and Chair of one of its subcommittees.