Bob McDonnell approves changes to the state budget

Gov. Bob McDonnell signed, without vetoes, changes to the state’s two-year budget that ends June 30.


Gov. Bob McDonnell (Tracy A. Woodward — The Washington Post)

The budget will allocate $67.2 million to transportation, increase funding to local and regional jails to pay the costs of housing state prisoners, and restore cuts of $10 million for higher education.

It does not include a change that lawmakers said would withhold $150 million already approved for the authority overseeing construction of Metro’s multibillion-dollar planned extension to Dulles. That failed because of a wording error that would have withheld funding not just from the rail project, but also all of state government for the current fiscal year.

McDonnell said he will act on the next two-year budget, which was delayed for weeks, in the days ahead.

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