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While the Virginia governor acknowledges his achievements early in his term, the Commonwealth's legislature remains stalled on Medicaid expansion.
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While the Virginia governor acknowledges his achievements early in his term, the Commonwealth's legislature remains stalled on Medicaid expansion.

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe celebrated his administration's accomplishments during its first 100 days in office during a speech at the Library of Virginia on Monday.

Speaking to state agency heads, the governor enumerated improvements Virginia has made in the economy, transportation, health care, education and other areas. McAuliffe says his administration has helped create more than 5,000 jobs since coming into office in January.

"And now, 101 days into my term, I am proud of the accomplishments we have made," McAuliffe said. "Together we have built a 21st century economy. We have promoted innovation, and we have created a healthier Virginia."

The governor says his administration has made progress in investing the state's transportation dollars wisely, creating more jobs in every region of the Commonwealth and preparing the workforce for a 21st century economy.

"Every Monday morning at 9 o'clock for our cabinet meeting, I always tell everybody, 'Think big. Think bold. Take chances. Take risks.' At the end of the day sometimes it doesn't work out and mistakes will happen," McAuliffe said. "But you know what? Get yourselves out of bed again the next day and let's get back at it."

One of the most significant developments of the McAuliffe administration so far has been his clash with Republicans over expanding Medicaid to 400,000 uninsured Virginians, a campaign promise that has now created a deadlock with Republicans over the budget.

University of Virginia Center for Politics analyst Geoff Skelley said it's too early to get a good sense of the McAuliffe administration at this point.

"Anytime you talk about what you've done in the first 100 days, it's kind of a PR stunt because typically unless we're in the midst of the Great Depression usually the first 100 days are not hypercritical," Skelley said.

The next 100 days may end up being more significant because that's when the governor and members of the General Assembly will come to some kind of resolution on the budget or else shut the government down.

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