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Va. residents get chance to chime in on spending $85B

Friday - 1/6/2012, 4:56am  ET

Hank Silverberg, wtop.com

WASHINGTON -- How would you spend $85 billion? Here's your chance to put in your two cents.

Virginia lawmakers are holding a series of hearings on Gov. Bob McDonnell's $85 billion dollar budget proposal, one of which will be held in Fairfax County on Friday morning.

The proposal includes more money for economic development and the state pension fund, but takes millions from health care and school support programs. It does not include any tax increases, but does increase some fees.

Delegate Tim Hugo, R-Fairfax, says early hearings such as these can help speed up the process.

"It's even better now to hear it early on so you can better formulate the whole budget," he says.

The hearing will be at Dewberry hall on the George Mason University campus in Fairfax 10 a.m.

The General Assembly begins their session next Wednesday.

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