McDonnell Makes Final Budget Pitch to Lawmakers
posted Dec 16 2013 11:40AM
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell has outlined his spending priorities for a two-year state budget that's nearly $10 billion bigger than the previous one.
The Republican governor proposed millions in additional support for mental health, public education, public safety, water quality, prisoner re-entry programs and other initiatives in a speech Monday to the General Assembly's two money committees.
Revenue growth has helped push the budget to nearly $96 billion. The previous two-year budget was about $86 million.
There are no tax or fee increases, and deposits to the state's so-called "rainy day" fund will bring it to $1 billion by 2016.
It's the last budget McDonnell will present to lawmakers before leaving office in January.