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Rural Leaders Tell Kaine 'No' On Budget Cuts


March 9, 2007

Officials from several rural towns are telling Governor Tim Kaine that they don't want to see budget cuts to pay for roads in urban areas.

Kaine met with 25 officials and said that he would remove a provision in the bill that pays for transportation bonds with money from the general fund. Kaine says the current plan does not do enough for rural areas.

"The bond proceeds are also distributed in an allocation formula that leaves some of the rural transportation districts with very little, and as people put it, what do we get it out of it in rural Virginia? We might get nothing" said Kaine.

The governor is currently touring the state to talk to local officials about the transportation plan.


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