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McDonnell to meet with Democratic legislative leaders

Anita Kumar

Gov. Bob McDonnell may have been less than inclusive in whom he invited to his State of the Union response last night, but tomorrow he is welcoming members of the opposition party to his home.

McDonnell is hosting Democratic leaders of the Senate and the House at the Executive Mansion for breakfast tomorrow morning.

The governor's aides say the event will be largely social, but we're guessing the little matter of the budget might come up.

Today on the Senate floor, Ed Houck implored McDonnell to help legislators find $2 billion in budget cuts.

"What's the plan? What is our governor's plan to address the second $2 billion in cuts?" Houck thundered on the floor. "What is the plan to address the second two? Tell us!"

Earlier today, McDonnell sidestepped a question on his first monthly call-in show on WRVA radio in Richmond about when he will send budget cuts to the General Assembly:

"To get to $2 billion there is no easy way,'' he said. "There is going to have to be reductions in areas like health care and education and changes in the way we run VRS [Virginia Retirement System] and then I have a number of other creative proposals that will save money."

By Anita Kumar  |  January 28, 2010; 4:26 PM ET
Categories:  2010 legislative session , Anita Kumar , General Assembly , Robert F. McDonnell  
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