RICHMOND - Yesterday, the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee released and passed the 2020 Budget. This includes the Governor’s Budget as well as numerous budget amendments presented to and approved by the Appropriations Committee.
The budget contains many advancements, such as 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 $21million for increasing Medicaid Developmental Disability Waiver rates,which in part came from a budget amendment Del. Hala Ayala carried this year.
“I am so proud to see the increase for the Medicaid Developmental Disability Waiver rates and 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 f or all of their hard work for this very important issue,” says Del. Ayala. “This along with the rest of the budget is the most progressive our Commonwealth has seen in its history, while at the same time maintaining 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 as well as transportation, much of it due to HB 1414, the transformative transportation omnibus bill. Additionally, the Governor yesterday announced a $125,000 grant to Prince William County Public Schools for the purposes of promoting computer science programs.
Prince William’s delegation has seen a record number of its members in leadership positions this year, such as Del. Torian serving as the Chair of the Appropriations Committee, Dels. Guzman and Roem serving as Chairs on numerous subcommittees, and Del. Ayala serving as the Chief Deputy Whip for the majority caucus, as well as Vice-Chair of the Communications, Technology, and Innovation Committee and as Chair of one of its subcommittees.
Delegate Hala Ayala began her second term in the House of Delegates earlier this year. She is a cybersecurity expert and has been a resident of Prince William County for over 35 years.