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UPDATED: McDonnell has now closed state offices

Anita Kumar

The Virginia General Assembly may have canceled its session today, but Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has kept all state offices open, including those in Northern Virginia, which could see two feet of snow. More than 100,000 people work for the state.

UPDATED: Stacey Johnson, McDonnell's spokeswoman, called us back to let us know that she misspoke and that the governor had already decided to close state offices at 1 p.m. today. That includes DMV offices and state-run liquor stores.

McDonnell declared a state of emergency on Wednesday in anticipation of the storm.

It is McDonnell's second state of emergency since his inauguration as the commonwealth's 71st governor just three weeks ago. Last weekend, McDonnell canceled a pair of political appearances in the Washington-Baltimore region because a snowstorm that left as much as a foot of snow in parts of the state.

"Since I've been governor it's snowed every week," he joked at Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce's annual meeting yesterday.

McDonnell will appear on the Weather Channel this afternoon to talk about the weather conditions in the state.

By Anita Kumar  |  February 5, 2010; 12:05 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , Robert F. McDonnell  
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I had just posted on a article elsewhere in the Post that Gov. McDonnell's decision to keep state offices open was very foolhardy. I'm so glad that he reconsidered and is allowing state workers, especially those in that bottleneck known as Northern Virginia, to go home early. Good for you, Governor.

Posted by: sfr123 | February 5, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

Anita -

Why aren't reporters asking the hard questions to this guy? Since he refuses to raise revenue, how are we going to continue to pay for snow removal? And then the repairs that become associated with our roads after plows tear them up. It isn't like the state and localities budgeted enough money for it this year or any of them have extra money sitting in a cookie jar.

Posted by: notjoeabbey | February 5, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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