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After vetoes, Youngkin’s budget “olive branch” unlikely to persuade Democrats (Virginia Dogwood)

Even as Youngkin struck a more conciliatory tone in budget talks with the General Assembly, “significant daylight” remains between the two sides, which have a history of contentious debate going back to the Youngkin’s first days in office, Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, said in an interview. “The governor has offered an olive branch, but it’s a relatively small olive branch,” Farnsworth said. “My guess is the Democrats are going to want more from what they’ve seen from the governor so far.” 

After vetoes, Youngkin’s budget “olive branch” unlikely to persuade Democrats (Virginia Dogwood)

Virginia lawmakers concerned Gov. Youngkin could scrap budget proposal amid declining bipartisanship (The Virginian-Pilot)

Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, said he can’t recall any governor shooting down the entire budget. But he noted that bipartisanship is in decline.
“We really have seen a sort of downward trend in the ability of people in Richmond to work together across party lines,” he said. “A generation ago, moderates of both parties would have worked out a deal. Increasingly though, there aren’t that many moderates left.”

Virginia lawmakers concerned Gov. Youngkin could scrap budget proposal amid declining bipartisanship (The Virginian-Pilot)

‘Bipartisanship’ fizzles as General Assembly session ends (Chatham Star Tribune)

Another point of contention among lawmakers is establishing a regulated cannabis market. Democrats may have to wait for a new governor before making progress on cannabis, according to Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor and director of the Center for Leadership and Media Studies at the University of Mary Washington. ‘Bipartisanship’ fizzles as General Assembly session ends (Chatham Star Tribune)

Virginia lawmakers concerned Gov. Youngkin could scrap budget proposal amid declining bipartisanship (Loudoun Times)

Stephen Farnsworth, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, said he can’t recall any governor shooting down the entire budget. But he noted that bipartisanship is in decline. “We really have seen a sort of downward trend in the ability of people in Richmond to work together across party lines,” he said. “A generation ago, moderates of both parties would have worked out a deal. Increasingly though, there aren’t that many moderates left.” Virginia lawmakers concerned Gov. Youngkin could scrap budget proposal amid declining bipartisanship (Loudoun Times)

Budget deadlines loom for Youngkin, Democrats (Virginia Dogwood)

“Gov. Youngkin did not make any progress on his arena deal because he did not make all that much of an effort to compromise with the Democratic majorities in the legislature,” said Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington. “When you want something more than the other side does, you have to meet them more than halfway.  He didn’t do that.” Budget deadlines loom for Youngkin, Democrats (Dogwood)

Amid calls for Gaza ceasefire, Richmond City Council restricts public comment (VPM)

Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, told VPM News/Next City the new restrictions highlight the “difficult balancing act” facing municipalities. “The bigger question for these cities is, do they really want to be making it more difficult for citizens to engage with elected officials?” Farnsworth said. “It's a key measure to get a sense of the public's pulse, so to speak, if you can have these vibrant comment periods.” Amid calls for Gaza ceasefire, Richmond City Council restricts public comment (VPM)