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Va. budget surplus reaches $400 million

Anita Kumar

Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) will announce Thursday that Virginia's final 2010 budget surplus will be about $400 million, almost twice the previous estimate, state officials said.

About $229 million comes from tax collections. The remainder comes from unspent balances.

Robert Vaughn, staff director for the House Appropriations Committee, said McDonnell will also announce how the money will be spent, including $82.3 million for a 3 percent bonus for state employees, $20 million for education and $35 million to $40 million each to transportation and water quality improvement.

McDonnell will make the announcement in his speech to the General Assembly's money committees, scheduled for Thursday morning. In past years, former Democratic governor Tim Kaine's annual speeches have centered on budget cuts.

McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin declined to comment.

In July, McDonnell announced a surplus of about $220 million -- making Virginia one of at least 10 states that had reported finishing the fiscal year in the black.

The revenue outlook was brightened largely because of improvements in individual and corporate income tax withholdings, signs of a stabilizing economy. Revenue dropped just 0.6 percent instead of the projected 2.3 percent.

By Anita Kumar  |  August 17, 2010; 12:59 PM ET
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Bonuses??? Seriously??? and not stop signs - for which Arlington will seriously get all of $1100 this year.

Posted by: cocofalco | August 17, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Gotta Love it. GOP GOV Mcdonnell = Budget surplus, GOP GOV Christie = Balanced Budget. Im so glad Kaine is gone. He was too busy running the DNC instead og being our governor anyway.

Posted by: vrbjunk | August 17, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Translation: We stole more from Northern Virginia than we previously thought we could.

Posted by: Wooden_U_Lykteneau | August 17, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

Bonuses??? While some of us who struggle to get by, they're paying bonuses? For what I might ask? Perhaps that "surplus" could be given back to the TAX PAYERS. How about you cut out the remainder of them stupid, stupid car taxes that were to be gone many years ago completely? How about you stop repaving roads that don't need paved and pave the ones that do. Bonuses???? Ugh, money would be better spent on our parks and recreation so that EVERYONE who paid taxes would benefit.

Posted by: BarbraInVa | August 17, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Wait. I didn't know government was suppose to make money. You make a budget on projected income. If the projected income is more than was expected you refund the overage or cut the taxes and fees on the next years budget to keep the government on a basic level. Now if you project a higher budget because of past year of increased revenue, so beit, but keep the increase resonable and be prepared to give those taxes/fees back in refunds or breaks the following year. Maybe I am just nieve to think that government on any level thinks logically anyways.

Posted by: daremealso | August 17, 2010 2:33 PM | Report abuse

Considering we received 1.2 billion from the Stimulus Funds for Budget Short Falls, it's not bad. 4.6 billion from Stimulus Funds in general. Hopefully, this isn't a endless cycle of budget cuts for years and then a surplus for a couple years than reckless spending until we are in a deficit again like the 3% pay raises for state employees who are already making, on average, a lot more than the normal worker. Twice as much allocation on state raises rather than teachers?? Or transportation improvements??

Posted by: rroth2004 | August 17, 2010 2:46 PM | Report abuse

vrbjunk - Since this is McDonnell's first term, doesn't this mean that the surplus would be at least partially due the budget that Tim Kaine set at the end of last year? I'm not saying McDonnell won't do a good job, but at least wait to give him credit for something he is actually responsible for. And give a little credit to the guy who played a role in creating the surplus.

Posted by: rob111thakur | August 17, 2010 2:48 PM | Report abuse

"Gotta Love it. GOP GOV Mcdonnell = Budget surplus, GOP GOV Christie = Balanced Budget. Im so glad Kaine is gone. He was too busy running the DNC instead og being our governor anyway"

Really? Seriously? You're going to give McDonnell credit for a surplus of money when the vast majority of the cuts that led to the surplus came under Kaine? Oh how the GOP is the saving grace to the State of Virginia.

BTW, Christie is an Independent now and he no longer a darling of the GOP.

Posted by: Chris22315 | August 17, 2010 2:52 PM | Report abuse

So let's turn that bonus into a raise.

Posted by: MillionSix | August 17, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

1. Pay down some outstanding debt (so we don't end up like CA)

2. Improve the roads in Northern Virginia, Loudoun County especially.

Posted by: cedric1976 | August 17, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

In addition to finally doing away with the personal property tax on vehicles, how about restoring the benefit they took away from us seniors who happened to be born after January 1, 1939, namely, a tax credit that I missed by two months, and that my older sister and others still receive because they were born on the right side of that date. A substantial part of the budget surplus derives from these arbitrary decisions. The hell with bonuses -- I haven't even gotten a raise in two years, much less a bonus or a tax break. And my daughter in Richmond can't find a job. Bonuses???? What for????

Posted by: blipson | August 17, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Oh gee, let's see here, are we referring to the "over-paid" state employees who haven't received a pay increase in over 4 years, a cost of living, or a measely bonus for that matter. Keep whining about state workers receiving a bonus, and if you did a little research in comparison, state employees pay scales only amount to about 60% of the salaries of Arlington County, Fairfax County, Falls Church City, Vienna etc........ We're taling about a 3% bonus here people, find something to do with your time will you? You sound like children!

Posted by: StateWorker1 | August 17, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Hey, what happens when a Repubican is office?
Do you think they'll drop the property tax on cars that was started with the last Republican governer but stopped when Democrat Warner came in?

Posted by: darylvb | August 17, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

This is why REPUBLICANS should rule this country. Because when you elect Republicans, they get !@#$ done.

Good work McDonald, U Da Man...

Posted by: AlbyVA | August 17, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse


"This is why REPUBLICANS should rule this country. Because when you elect Republicans, they get !@#$ done.

Good work McDonald, U Da Man..."

You're joking right? You understand that since he has been in office for only 1 year, this surplus is the result of the budget written and passed under your democratic governor before this guy right?

Also, check out the federal deficit over the last 30 years and let me know if you still feel the same. Spending increase and debt increased under all republicans, and decreased under Clinton.

Obama increased spending, but only because he inherited a crumbling economy. And the 800 Billion in bank bailouts was done under Bush, but gets inked on Obama because of how government Budgets are written.

The government budget runs Oct 1 to Oct 1, meaning any policy change or money spent after October goes on the following years books. Obama did do the auto bailouts and stimulus, so you can criticise that, but at least UNDERSTAND what you are talking about.

Posted by: westernnate | August 17, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

" This is why REPUBLICANS should rule this country. Because when you elect Republicans, they get !@#$ done.

Good work McDonald, U Da Man..."

Did you not live through the last decade of getting nothing accomplished and spending trillions of dollars to do it? Political parties mean jack squat. People get things done, and people can be on any side of the fence.

Posted by: jai151 | August 17, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Bonuses??? While some of us who struggle to get by, they're paying bonuses?
Posted by: BarbraInVa
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yes bonuses. However since we state employees have not had a single raise or cost of living increase for more than 4 years all the while being paid about 15-18% less than our private sector counterparts (almost 21% in NoVa)are getting a one time, 3% of our salary "bonus". For me that works out to about $1200 before taxes (which are higher on bonuses than regular wages). So if I am very lucky I might see about $500 "thanks" for my last 4 years of work.

So many forget that "state employee" means much more than just the often surly folks at the DMV or VDOT. All non-faculty staff at the state universities are also state employees, the people that run the state parks, etc.

Posted by: schnauzer2 | August 17, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

I am SOOOO glad that "Kaine in the Arse" is gone, and financial bedrock has been established. Let's work on a Revolution in Congress, and in two more years, if the Republic still stands, we can evict that Kenyan from 1600 Pennsylvania.

Posted by: jckristos | August 17, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse


This is why REPUBLICANS should rule this country. Because when you elect Republicans, they get !@#$ done.

Good work McDonald, U Da Man...

Posted by: AlbyVA |
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McDonnell had nothing to do with this. This surplus (its not really a surplus, they just got more people and companies actually pay their taxes than they had planned for) is do to Kaines budget. The state fiscal year ran 7/1/2009 through 6/30/2010. McDonnell has only been in office since January and the budget plan was set way before.

Please hold your praises until we actually get through one of his budget plans. We won't know until July first next year.

Posted by: schnauzer2 | August 17, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

All you Democrats are Haters... Give it up for the Ultimate Republican, Bob McDonald. He's the master Pimp who is walking into the General Assembly to announce a Surplus in the middle of a recession.. Virginia, my friends is Red Again.. w00t w00t.

All you Democrats need to go live in Maryland...

Posted by: AlbyVA | August 17, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

"All you Democrats are Haters... Give it up for the Ultimate Republican, Bob McDonald. He's the master Pimp who is walking into the General Assembly to announce a Surplus in the middle of a recession.. Virginia, my friends is Red Again.. w00t w00t.

All you Democrats need to go live in Maryland...

Posted by: AlbyVA"

I am not a Democrat. I hold nothing but contempt for either party. The fact of the matter is, however, that McDonald had nothing to do with the surplus.

If religion is the opiate of the masses, political parties are surely the religion of the ignorant.

Posted by: jai151 | August 17, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse


Probably most, if not all, of the "unspent" balances are obligated. This is a prime example of figures don't lie but, liars figure.


Posted by: mortified469 | August 17, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Not impressed. Surpluses should be returned to the taxpayers. NOT givin away as bonusus?? Like it's free found money. The mentality of the crowd on the inside has changed for the better but not enough for me.

Give it back in special State refund checks Virginian's can spend it better.

Posted by: flynny | August 17, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

A $400 million surplus? Does that mean that VDOT will finally get money to properly maintain roads and perhaps pursue some long need road projects? I'm not holding my breath...

Posted by: rikkirat | August 17, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse


StateWorker1...I concur...I know many state employees, one in the family, and they don't make squat. I work a retirement job and I am making more than a lot of these state employees who bust their butts everyday to make people like McDonnell look good.

Keep up the good, but lowly paid, work!


Posted by: mortified469 | August 17, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Mmm, unspent amounts, those extra funds are left over as a direct result of pulling everyone's medicaid. We are left with large medical bills for our children while the state has a surplus. Some of us are barely making it..ie single parents who don't even get extra funds to pay for school supplies for their children. Some of us have to buy clothes at a consignment store for school. I say give some of it back to the people of VA.

Posted by: booizit | August 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Mmm, unspent amounts, those extra funds are left over as a direct result of pulling everyone's medicaid. We are left with large medical bills for our children while the state has a surplus. Some of us are barely making it..ie single parents who don't even get extra funds to pay for school supplies for their children. Some of us have to buy clothes at a consignment store for school. I say give some of it back to the people of VA.

Posted by: booizit | August 17, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

"Twice as much allocation on state raises rather than teachers??"

@rroth2004

Um, I guess you didn't know that teachers are state employees too.

Posted by: PRoy3369 | August 17, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Cry me a river @schnauzer2. ALL government employees are drastically overpaid. You complain about not getting a raise in 4 years. During this down economy I took a 20% pay cut and my wife was 30%, and our taxes still pay your salary. There should be a mandatory 10% pay cut for all Gov't employees at every level and 20% for any gov't employee making over 150K/yr, period. You think you're underpaid and worth more then quit your cushy, guaranteed job security, gov't job and get a real job in the private sector. You remember the private sector, we're the ones who actually produce value and pay all the bills.

Posted by: madmax8600 | August 17, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Thats quite a bit of money per VA resident. Enough to fill the gas tank, maybe twice. But I'm sure it will be wasted on people that have no fear of losing their job like state employees.

Posted by: flynny | August 17, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This explains why there are still potholes in many roads from last Winter. I want a contribution from this SURPLUS to fix my vehicle's suspension and get my wheels aliged.

Posted by: springrain | August 17, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

This explains why there are still potholes in many roads from last Winter. I want a contribution from this SURPLUS to fix my vehicle's suspension and get my wheels aliged.

Posted by: springrain
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Just like a Liberal, always wanting Government to take care of you. Go ride public transportation if you can't steer clear of holes and/or repair your own vehicle.

Posted by: AlbyVA | August 17, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

"Give it back in special State refund checks Virginian's can spend it better."

@Flynny

If most folks actually would spend it, that wouldn't be a half-bad idea. Unfortunately it's much more likely, based on national trends since the Recession hit, that folks would simply pay down personal debt. Thanks to the Paradox of Thrift theory in Econ, individuals sinking money into debt payments rather than spending in stores (not accumulating more debt, just the basics like the grocery store, etc) would further weaken the macro level economy.

Posted by: PRoy3369 | August 17, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

"Just like a Liberal, always wanting Government to take care of you. Go ride public transportation if you can't steer clear of holes and/or repair your own vehicle."

It's the job of the government to maintain state owned things like roads. If you let your house decay and a person trips on an upended floorboard, breaking their ankle, you would be legally and financially responsible. This is no different, and the government, through VDOT, is legally and financially responsible. This also has nothing to do with politics.

Posted by: jai151 | August 17, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Calling this a budget suplus is a Big Lie because it's based on not paying required money into other accounts, and delaying that action for another year when the bill comes due.

McDonnell is the only governor I know who can take a $250 million/year in revenue stream because of Virginia’s ABC stores bulk purchasing power; and turn it from a $2.5 Trillion Plus in 10 years, to a negative within one year. Though, to his credit, a liquor store on every corner will fill the streets with blood and violence and the jails with the unfortunate drunks of McDonnell’s lazy and misplaced policies.

Va. liquor profits set a high bar for McDonnell privatization plan

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/04/AR2010080407323.html

“RICHMOND -- For drinkers, a fifth of Jack Daniel's costs about the same wherever they buy it -- about $25 in Virginia and the District, a couple of bucks less in Maryland. But for the governments that regulate that bottle, the difference is as stark as a sip and a chug. In the District and most of Maryland, just a dollar or two from a fifth of Jack Daniel's goes to government. But in Virginia, where whiskey and every other kind of liquor is sold in state-run stores, more than $13 of the retail price goes to the state. “

Posted by: Airborne82 | August 17, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

It's the job of the government to maintain state owned things like roads. If you let your house decay and a person trips on an upended floorboard, breaking their ankle, you would be legally and financially responsible. This is no different, and the government, through VDOT, is legally and financially responsible. This also has nothing to do with politics.
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Correct. And the pot hole repair bill is already in the budget. This is talking about the left over money.. Your pot holes will get fixed.

Now repeat after me:

"Virginia is the Best"
"Republicans are Awesome"
"McDonald is the Greatest"
"We gotta get rid of Webb and Warner"
"Nancy Pelosi and the Socialist are doomed"
...and "Jesus is the Way, The Truth, and the Life".

Posted by: AlbyVA | August 17, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Gov. McRobertson needs to stay away from budgets and finances, about which he is obviously clueless, and stick to his plan to make Virginia's government a Christian theocracy!

Posted by: perryneheum | August 17, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

McDonnell and Cuccinelli have Virginia in a race to the bottom of an Oil well, starting with refusing $250 Million for education and dumbing down students, refusing $125 Million in aid to the recently unemployed, supporting the Confederate legacy of slavery, and ignoring life threatening treatment of coal workers while keeping Virginia dependent on West Virginia coal whose price is dependent on the Industries rampant pollution and poisoning of local communities where it’s mined and transported.

Governor McDonnell accepted $4.5 Billion for Federal Stimulus funding ($6.9 Billion with the tax cuts and small business loans) but refuses to accept the $125 Million in federal stimulus aid for Virginia’s unemployed that is languishing and soon to be given to another state because it might add a cost of $2.62-$4.50/year per employee for the unemployment insurance trust fund to expand eligibility to more people in need.

How to provide more help for unemployed Virginians

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/16/AR2010071603849.html

Governor McDonnell’s dumbing down of Virginia students and delaying aid to Virginia’s unemployed is shortsighted and lazy towards education, and purely political punishment for being unemployed with no basis in long term extra costs to companies. McDonnell and Cuccinelli’s Tea Party Right Wing Christianity is a terrible Hammer to waste, especially when there are weak, young, elderly and vulnerable people to trample on.

Posted by: Airborne82 | August 17, 2010 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Va. liquor profits set a high bar for McDonnell privatization plan

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/04/AR2010080407323.html

“in Virginia, where whiskey and every other kind of liquor is sold in state-run stores, more than $13 of the retail price goes to the state. “

“Even after paying all of the expenses involved -- buying millions of cases from distilleries, paying more than 2,680 employees, keeping the lights on and the rent paid at 332 stores -- Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control board deposited $248 million in liquor profits, as well as excise and sales taxes, into state coffers during fiscal 2009. And unlike nearly every other facet of government, the liquor business has proved to be essentially recession-proof, taking in $13.7 million more in fiscal 2009 than in 2008. ”

“Virginia buys the bottle from the distillery in Tennessee for $11.48. The state adds a $1 warehouse processing fee to every 12-bottle case. It also marks up the price by an amount generally set by the ABC governing board with state budget targets in mind: currently 69 percent. Then comes a 20 percent excise tax, one of the nation's highest. After paying the state's standard sales tax, customers plunk down $24.68 for a bottle, whether they live in Lynchburg or suburban Loudoun County. ”

“In private systems, such as those in the District and most of Maryland, the state collects taxes but leaves pricing and profits to businesses. Store owners buy Jack Daniel's from a wholesaler, not the distillery. The businesses add a markup, resulting in a price comparable to Virginia's. But the government collects only sales taxes and an excise tax that is set at $1.50 per gallon in both jurisdictions.”

Posted by: Airborne82 | August 17, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

"and not stop signs - for which Arlington will seriously get all of $1100 this year."

There are already too many stop signs in Arlington already. The only problem in Arlington is unsophisticated drivers that don't know how to navigate all the new "traffic calming" junk the county has installed.

Posted by: BEEPEE | August 17, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

Do we REALLY need bonuses for state employees?

Posted by: postfan1 | August 17, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

A budget surplus on the eyes of the poor
(Peter Galuszka)

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/local-opinions/2010/08/a_budget_surplus_on_the_eyes_o.html

"Gov. Robert F. McDonnell is hailed nationwide for managing to turn a $1.8 billion budget deficit into a $220 million surplus just after taking office.

But critics noted that McDonnell apparently used smoke and mirrors tricks to achieve his surplus, such as deferring scheduled payments for the state employees' pension fund. Now comes the latest blow: McDonnell, a Republican, achieved his budget surplus on the eyes of the poor. The state's new two-year budget saves $764,000 by cutting routine vision checkups for those on Medicaid. That not only affects poor people, it also cuts at optometrists who handle about 70 percent of all primary eye care in the state. Their lobby, the Virginia Optometric Association, wants McDonnell to put back the funding which he could do if Congress approves more funding for Medicaid.

The strange thing about the budget surplus business is not so much that McDonnell is trying to gain a national reputation by pursuing ways to do it. The odd part is that he's doing it through tricks that are so easy to spot.

It didn't take very long for my Local Blogger Network colleague Paige Winfield Cunningham to call McDonnell on deferring state budget payments of $137 million in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $620 million in the 2010-12 budget.

Crafting an accounting house of cards is one thing (although CEOs face jail time if they do it). But getting your name all over the country as a successful, budget-cutting Republican governor, a rising star, by denying the poor basic health care is, frankly, creepy. A spokesman for McDonnell says he is studying restoring the cuts. The governor should do the right thing and do just that."

(Peter Galuszka blogs at Bacon's Rebellion.)

Posted by: Airborne82 | August 17, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Bonuses? Seriously? How about some road building or tax cuts?

Posted by: Peejay | August 17, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Great Job Bob McDonnell we know the Washington POST did ever thing they could to undermine and smear you when you ran for Gov.....

Including running some OLD story on a 1980's term paper you did and running Craig Deeds campaign for him.

The POST lost and the people of Virgina have WON.........

Vote GOP on Tuesday night November 2nd, 2010....

Let's take the Democrats boot off the throats of business.............

Posted by: allenridge | August 17, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Virginia schools fall short of new benchmarks, but scores rise slightly

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/08/12/AR2010081203475.html

(Thanks to Northern Virginia’s hard working teachers and students as NOVA student scores have gone up, while the rest of the state’s scores have gone down.)

Posted by: Airborne82 | August 17, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Federal Spending is the biggest business in Virginia. Virginia can thank the Federal government for $118 Billion/year in Salaries and Investment even without the stimulus.

VA workers receive $118 Billion a year in Government spending and Fairfax County VA is the 2nd richest county in the nation, but the state refuses to raise taxes enough to pay for basic Road and Infrastructure improvements. See: Virginia's love-hate relationship with federal spending

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/05/05/AR2010050505205.html

“Ten cents of every federal procurement dollar spent anywhere on Earth is spent in Virginia. More than 15,000 Virginia companies hold federal contracts, a number that has almost tripled since 2001. Total federal spending -- from salaries to outsourced contracts -- has more than doubled, to $118 billion, since 2000, as homeland security and defense spending skyrocketed in response to the 2001 terrorist attacks and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

By 2008, it accounted for about 30 percent of Virginia's entire economy.…helping to build the high-tech Dulles corridor and funding new homes and cars for federal workers and contractors and meals at local restaurants. The billions have helped fuel the economic boom cycles of the past decade and have cushioned the blow of the recent recession, particularly in Northern Virginia”

In N. Va., so many roads, so little repair money from VDOT: $1,024 in one case

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/25/AR2010062504786.html

Shortage of state road funding leaves upkeep undone in Fairfax

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/22/AR2010072205951.html

“We're not building new things, we can't keep up with the things we've got," said Fairfax County Supervisor Jeff C. McKay (D-Lee), chairman of the board's transportation committee. "It's just outright deterioration." “

Stop strangling economic develop in Northern Virginia. NV is the economic engine for the state and if you stop road and infrastructure development there, I doubt you can replace those Jobs and Income in Coal country. $2,000 for road improvements over the next five years while Northern Virginia sends Hundreds of Millions to Richmond is more than abusive, its reckless endangerment of the entire state economy.

Posted by: Airborne82 | August 17, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

How about doing away with the stupid safety and emission inspections. There are so many vehicles in VA that have windshields that a cracked all the way across, broken lights, non working lights, smoke so bad you can't see the road when behind them, wipers that don't clear the window, etc. Then do away with the yearly vehicle tax. Or give it back to the ones that pay the taxes, not to the welfare people who don't pay any in the first place.

Posted by: vette661 | August 17, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

I don't believe these figures; open the books and show the source of this surplus.

Posted by: sun52shine | August 17, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

"BTW, Christie is an Independent now and he no longer a darling of the GOP."

Posted by: Chris22315

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Where'd you get that false information from?

Posted by: Peejay | August 17, 2010 7:53 PM | Report abuse

I am quite shure that the State Employees need an incentive, but, what about the Unemployment Benefits for Seniors that have been payd only ½ of due since January of 2010, since the Federal Government is paying to the state in full, therefore creating some of the surplus.

After all the employers contributed for they Senior employees the taxes in full.

This is a good time to restore the Unemployment Benefit for Seniors in full and pay back all of the money witheld since January of 2010.
.

Posted by: AlexanderKortiak | August 17, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if Morty O'Meally, the fearless Gubernator of Murlund is aware that it is possible for a state to actually run a surplus? Doubt it. And neither do the two "Mikes" in the General Ass-embly."

Once again Virginia leads the way and Maryland falls farther behind in the race to the top.

Posted by: osugradrtv | August 17, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Put the money in the bank, no one needs a bonus around here....

Posted by: mark0004 | August 17, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

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