Governor Makes Final Budget Pitch to Va. Lawmakers

Dec. 16, 2013

Governor Bob McDonnell has outlined his spending priorities for a 2-year state budget that is 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.

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.

It's the last budget McDonnell will present to lawmakers before leaving office in January.

Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe released the following statement following Governor McDonnell’s release of his fiscal year 2015-2016 Virginia budget:

“I congratulate Governor McDonnell for continuing his record of sound financial leadership with this biennial budget. I would also like to thank the Governor for the unprecedented information and cooperation he and his team have offered me with respect to this budget and the entire transition process.

“There are many items in this proposed budget that will make Virginia a better place to work, live and do business. Reforming Virginia’s mental health system must be a critical priority of this budget, as well as strengthening the Virginia Retirement System and continuing to invest in higher education.

“My policy team and I are already closely examining this budget and looking forward to finding common ground with leaders from both parties to pass a final product that grows our economy and uses every taxpayer dollar to make Virginians' lives better.”

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