October 27, 2010
Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday his next state budget won't include pay raises for state workers and might eliminate support for National Public Radio.
McDonnell made the comments during his monthly radio show on WTOP in Washington, D.C. McDonnell is currently drafting amendments to the final year of the current two-year state budget.
"It's a tough economy. We just cut $10 billion out of the budget in the last 2½ years," McDonnell said in response to a question about raises from a Virginia Department of Transportation employee. "They're not in the budget and I don't see adding one of those this year."
State workers are due to receive a 3 percent bonus this fall, but have gone without a raise since 2007.
Virginia has overcome months of declining revenue to finish fiscal 2010 with $400 million in unspent funds June 30. Despite apparently modestly higher general fund tax collections, McDonnell last week instructed the heads of state agencies to draw up contingency plans for cutting operating budgets 2 percent, 4 percent and 6 percent next year.