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It filters down, but never up

The rubber is hitting the road at a fast pace, major impact and humongous questions.

For Virginia’s General Assembly today is more than Valentine’s Day. It is “Crossover” day when bills from the Senate cross the hall to the House of Delegates, and House bills make the journey to the Senate.

Each body has approved numerous bills in their sessions and now comes time when the rubber meets the road.

The outcome of the session, scheduled to adjourn March 10, is in the twilight zone, so to speak. What will be approved and what will be turned down is floating around in the crystal ball of uncertainty.

In some corners there may be small bets as to what will pass and what will fail.

The House had over 600 bills come to the floor last week giving Delegates 1,300 pieces of legislation to battle through, decide and vote on.

Taxpayers are certain to face increased taxes at home as city and town councils and boards of supervisors and school boards work on budgets.

In budget discussions talk covers streets, utilities, other services, schools, employee pay, buildings, maintenance and so much more.

Many funding responsibilities are fluffing off the state’s shoulders to localities, which are suffering revenue shortfalls due to the economy.

That appears to matter little as discussion follows discussion, debate after debate, as local leaders tell the stories of their respective localities.

Stories are making news from nearby areas as school boards and boards of supervisors hear citizen comments on possible tax increases, salary increases, school closings and many concerns.

These and others are not isolated incidents. It is widespread and, depending on the outcome from state legislators in Virginia and elsewhere, it will continue to spread.

There appears to be no stopping place.

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