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McDonnell will not submit a substitute budget

Anita Kumar

Virginia's incoming governor Bob McDonnell (R) has decided not to submit a revised two-year budget to the General Assembly -- as is the normal practice even when the same party remains in power.

Instead, McDonnell will submit a series of budget amendments as well as inform lawmakers of his priorities, his office said today. He may do that as early as next week.

McDonnell has already said he disagreed with outgoing Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine's budget proposal to replace the long-hated car tax with an income tax increase. But McDonnell has also said he does not have enough time to re-write the entire budget.

"The Governor-elect will work with the House and Senate money committee leadership to ensure that his priority initiatives like job creation and economic development are included in the budget amendment process," spokeswoman Taylor Thornley said.

Kaine introduced his two-year budget Dec. 18 with just 18 days left in his term, as he is required to do. Faced with a potential $4.2 billion budget shortfall created by the state's ongoing financial crisis, Kaine has proposed $2.3 billion in cuts as well as replacing the car tax.

McDonnell is proposing moving the budget process to odd-numbered years (from even-numbered years). The change would allow an incoming governor to make alterations to the second year of his predecessor's budget and to be in office for the drafting and oversight of two full budgets.

By Anita Kumar  |  January 12, 2010; 5:49 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell , Timothy M. Kaine  
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