UPDATE: McDonnell begins to show budget hand with funding restorations--cuts to come
Gov. Bob McDonnell announced late today that he is restoring $1.9 million in the state budget for a Virginia National Guard program based at Camp Pendleton that helps at-risk, middle-school-age children.
McDonnell said the Virginia National Guard Commonwealth ChalleNGe Program "makes a remarkable difference in the lives of so many of Virginia's at-risk youth," and said he would restore $600,000 in the first year of the two-year budget and $1,335,213 million in the second to keep it viable.
McDonnell has until midnight tomorrow to write amendments to the budget adopted by the General Assembly, which will gather for a one-day session next week to weigh whether to accept or veto amendments to the budget and other bills passed this winter. This is the second budget amendment McDonnell has announced. On Friday, he said he would restore $1.8 million for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters in Norfolk.
Both programs have constituencies who believe they do good work for the community. But restoring them means McDonnell will have to find $3.7 million in other cuts so he can send a balanced budget back to the Assembly. What cuts will he recommend? No word as of yet, but we'll be watching tomorrow to learn the answer.
UPDATE 5:45 p.m.: McDonnell's office has now announced he will also be restoring $750,000 in funding for safety inspections of Virginia mines conducted by the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy. DMME was one of several state agencies that took a 15 percent cut to its budget in the spending plan submitted in December by Gov. Tim Kaine (D) before he left office. McDonnell's action restores all of the money cut from the safety portion of the department.
April 12, 2010; 4:49 PM ET
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