Newly inaugurated Governor Ralph Northam addressed the 2018 General Assembly Monday evening in the annual State of the Commonwealth address. As the Richmond Times Dispatch reports, Northam did not waste time sharing his priorities and goals for the next four years.
Gov. Ralph Northam used his first speech to the General Assembly to seek common ground with Republicans on workforce training, education and economic development, but he also forcefully called for expansion of the state’s Medicaid program as “a matter of basic economic justice” and challenged them on hot-button Democratic political priorities.
Foremost, he said, that means expanding Medicaid with federal money under the Affordable Care Act, which he called “the best way for us to make life better for Virginians and truly open a new era of policymaking in the commonwealth of Virginia. Let’s get it done this year.”