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Va. legislative leaders approve $5 million in savings this year

Anita Kumar

Who says there's no bipartisanship in Richmond these days?

The divided General Assembly approved $3.3 million in savings for the current fiscal year that ends on June 30. (It was already included in the budget that legislators amended during their spring session.)

The Joint Rules Committee, made up of seven members of the Republican House of Delegates and seven members of the Democratic Senate, approved the savings Tuesday.

"Just as Virginia taxpayers, families and businesses continue struggling to make ends meet and balance their finances due to the stubborn and lingering effects of the economic recession so, too, are elected representatives of the Democratic-led Senate and the Republican-led House sharing in belt tightening to reduce state government spending," Speaker Bill Howell (R-Stafford) said.

Those savings are on top of $1.1 million and $560,000 that the House and Senate, respectively, returned to the general fund.

"The action taken yesterday by the Joint Rules Committee is a continued commitment to fiscal responsibility on the part of the legislature," Sen. Mary Margaret Whipple (D-Arlington) said. "During these tough economic times, we must all continue to explore cost reductions."

The savings comes from all departments, including $1 million from the auditor of public accounts, more than $500,000 from the division of legislative services, $300,000 from the Joint Legislative Audit & Review Commission, $50,000 from the Crime Commission and $30,000 from the Commission on Youth.

By Anita Kumar  |  June 9, 2010; 3:59 PM ET
Categories:  Anita Kumar , General Assembly 2010 , House of Delegates , State Senate  
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