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State lawmakers could finally vote on a budget proposal next week (WVTF)

Stephen Farnsworth at the University of Mary Washington says a governor’s first budget is particularly important. "If a governor is able to get a lot of what he wants in the budget – that will create an environment where maybe he will be more successful," Farnsworth says. "If a governor gets basically rolled by the opposition party or by the legislature, that's a sign that perhaps the governor isn't quite ready for primetime."

State lawmakers could finally vote on a budget proposal next week (WVTF)

As government becomes less responsive to the Fourth Estate, it’s the governed who suffer most (Virginia Mercury)

“Ultimately, a lot of people in politics now see the political environment as a set of silos,” Farnsworth said. “Rather than the traditional idea of trying to grow your base, reaching beyond people who are automatically on your side, today’s politicians increasingly think they only need to talk to the true believers and make sure they turn out.”

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