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Posted at 1:01 PM ET, 10/26/2010

Va. Gov.: No state employee raises

By Washington Post editors

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell says state employees needn’t expect pay raises now or in next year’s budget.

McDonnell, who is drafting amendments to the final year of the current two-year budget, made the statement Tuesday during his monthly radio show on WTOP in Washington.

He said persistent revenue weakness collections in a slow economy means he won’t ask the General Assembly for raises next year.

State workers will get a 3 percent bonus this fall, but have have gone without a pay raise since 2007.

The governor also said he would consider eliminating state support for National Public Radio in the budget recommendations he submits Dec. 17.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | October 26, 2010; 1:01 PM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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I'm no fan of McDonnell, not at all. And, though I do listen to NPR, I agree with him on these two issues. State employees need to bite the bullet like everyone else, and I think it's time to cut off public money from NPR and PBS. If the public broadcasters can't make it on member support and corporate (what have practically become commercials) sponsorship, then they need to cut back or shutdown.

Posted by: jckdoors | October 26, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

A 3% bonus sounds great! I'm getting 3 furlough days in Maryland local gov't. instead.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | October 26, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

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