Kaine and The Budget (Video Included)
Governor Tim Kaine announced his plans to amend the state’s biennial budget. Among some ceremonial things like reducing his own salary, the Governor announced some deep spending cuts, a series of fee increases and a rollback of the state’s workforce.
This new round of cuts amounts to about $400 million dollars and the Governor plans on cutting the state’s workforce by about 1,500 positions. Education, health care and transportation are all part of the cutbacks.
Republicans, who have already reacted negatively to the cutbacks and fee increases the Governor’s office leaked prior to today’s address, continued that drumbeat today. Attorney General Bob McDonnell, a candidate for Governor, reacted to Kaine’s proposals by saying “Some are sound and I will support them. Others I do not support.”
McDonnell and republicans and the legislature specifically pointed to Kaine’s proposals to increase spending. He has proposed increases to programs that would appear to have additional need during a downturn in the economy. Kaine is calling for increases to the Virginia Opportunity Fund and a increase for funding for Virginia’s food banks.
You can read all the details behind Governor Kaine’s proposals by clicking here: http://www.governor.virginia.gov/
We are continuing to follow this story and will have complete coverage in tonight’s newscasts. You can see Jola Szubielski’s report from our noon news by clicking here.