Gov. Bob McDonnell makes final budget pitch to lawmakers

11:07 AM, Dec 16, 2013   |    comments
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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Gov. Bob McDonnell has outlined his spending priorities for a two-year state budget that's nearly $10 billion bigger than the previous one.

The Republican governor proposed millions in additional support for mental health, public education, public safety, water quality, prisoner re-entry programs and other initiatives in a speech Monday to the General Assembly's two money committees.

Revenue growth has helped push the budget to nearly $96 billion. The previous two-year budget was about $86 million.

There are no tax or fee increases, and deposits to the state's so-called "rainy day" fund will bring it to $1 billion by 2016.

It's the last budget McDonnell will present to lawmakers before leaving office in January.

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