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Morning Read: McDonnell Amending Budget



    Va. Gov. McDonnell Offers His Budget Proposals

    Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell is proposing some spending increases in his latest budget proposal. As Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey reports, new money for transportation is going to be a focus. (Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2012)

    Gov. Bob McDonnell will present his proposed amendments to the current-two year, $87 billion budget this morning to the House and Senate budget committees.

    The amendments will likely include a mixture of cuts and new spending priorities, two of which he has already hinted would be part of the new budget.

    Last week, the governor announced that he would push a 2 percent raise for teachers—their first raise in five years—in exchange for tougher performance assessments. These pay hikes would amount to nearly $59 million. The plan also includes a $15 million grant program to reward exemplary teachers.

    In another announcement last week, McDonnell proposed $5.8 million to give a pay raise to local prosecutors and fund vacant judgeships.

    An extra $500 million is also expected to be allocated to transportation projects, although it is unclear what these projects will entail.

    The Virginian-Pilot writes that some of the savings to offset these new expenditures will likely come from already recommended state agency spending cuts


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