Unlike Washington our state constitution requires the Virginia General Assembly to pass a balanced budget. The General Assembly must identify, before we spend any money, how every service provided by the Commonwealth will be funded.  As a member of the Appropriations Committee, the committee responsible for allocating funds, Chris knows firsthand the difficult decisions that go into funding core state services.  Chris is also on the Appropriations subcommittees responsible for funding transportation, general government, and healthcare.  Chris recently commented “in the health subcommittee of Appropriations, we had $10 of requests for every $1 available to spend, we had to make some very difficult decisions”.  We must always focus on funding our state’s core services in a manner that is fiscally responsible, while providing the best value to our citizens and always remember that everything cost someone something.