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McDonnell makes final budget pitch to lawmakers

Monday - 12/16/2013, 10:40am  ET

LARRY O'DELL
Associated Press

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.


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