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Posted at 4:57 PM ET, 12/17/2010

Howell announces $275,000 in House savings

By Anita Kumar
Anita Kumar

As Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed his amendments to the state budget Friday, House Speaker Bill Howell announced that his chamber is saving the state $275,000 in cuts and savings.

The savings come from leaving a staff position vacant for nine months, maintaining the 1991-approved 2 percent pay cut in delegates' $17,640-a-year salary and continuing to require that legislative meetings outside of session be held only on certain days and weeks to save unnecessary expenditures.

Since 2003, when Howell became speaker, the House has returned over $5.5 million to the general fund, according to his news release.

"State lawmakers are not immune from making the same kind of tough decisions to cut costs that all Virginians are grappling with in these tough economic times, and today's $275,000 in new cost savings are further proof that Republicans are serious about reining in government spending," Howell said in his statement. "With the economy still weak and private sector still struggling to grow and create jobs, ongoing fiscal discipline with state finances remains imperative."

By Anita Kumar  | December 17, 2010; 4:57 PM ET
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