Virginia Attorney General Halts Payments to Nonprofits
Virginia's AG Ken Cuccinelli has done it again. Not content to simply attack climate scientists, hate on the gays, and wage a campaign against the statue of roman godess, now he's set his sights on making sure poor people in his state can't access health care.
Although the Virginia constitution specifically prohibits the General Assembly from granting funds "to any charitable institution which is not owned or controlled by the Commonwealth," lawmakers have traditionally overcome that restriction by classifying charities as "historical" or "cultural" agencies.
Things changed last January when, in response to the attorney general's ruling, the governor's office instructed the heads of all state agencies to submit for constitutional review the names of all charitable groups the General Assembly approved for funding in last year's budget. That process effectively stopped the state from sending money to many nonprofits, including those that have been receiving public funds for years.
So, who's going to lose out? Well, lots of Virginians. One of the groups that could lose significant funding is the Virginia Association of Free Clinics -- a group of 60 medical clinics which provide health services to 72,000 people a year. Another is CHIP of Virginia, which helps out 3,000 low-income families and 500 pregnant women, the NP reports.