The Governor indicated he will focus on the budget, education, criminal justice reform, the mental health system, services for military veterans, economic development and transportation. The Governor submitted a $109 Billion dollar budget proposal that includes significant new funding for education. While calling for unity of effort on economic issues the Governor did focus part of his speech on Medicaid expansion and he made veto threats in the areas of marriage equality and women's access to health care. Major themes in the Governor's speech were education funding of more than $1 billion in new funds, state revenues growing stronger, and Medicaid expansion. The Republican response from Senator Ruff and Delegate Bell made it clear that the budget will not include Medicaid expansion but that there will be no impasse over the issue that would delay the final budget.
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