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Senate finance panel holding 2-day retreat

Thursday - 11/21/2013, 3:41am  ET

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) -- Members of the Virginia Senate Finance Committee are gathering in Williamsburg for their annual two-day retreat.

The meeting begins Thursday morning with overviews of the state's economy and the 2014 revenue and budget outlook. Senators also will hear about workforce issues and efforts to improve Virginia's lowest-performing schools.

Friday's session includes discussions of public safety, Medicaid, transportation, construction projects and programs for veterans.

The Senate Finance Committee and the House Appropriations Committee are responsible for revising and passing biennial state budgets proposed by the governor. Budgets are passed in even-numbered years and adjusted in odd-numbered years.

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