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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Va. budget plan draws praise, criticism

Richmond lawmakers are still digesting the 483-page budget that Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R)
Del. Mark D. Sickles
unveiled Monday. But here’s a little early reaction.

Mark D. Sickles (D-Fairfax) likes the money McDonnell has put in for economic development, particularly funds to promote agricultural exports and biotechnology.

He’s less enamored of cuts to pre-K programs.

“With the new General Assembly, the governor has a good chance to get a lot of this passed, and it’s going to come at the expense of our children,” Sickles said.

On the other side of the aisle, Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax) was pleased to see greater funding for transportation, higher education and mental health.

Del. Timothy D. Hugo (R-Fairfax)
“It’s a good budget, good step in the right direction because it continues to focus on core functions,” he said.

Hugo also praised the plan because it calls for no new taxes. It does, however, jack up Department of Motor Vehicles fees by $10 million.

“Obviously, we’ll take a look at that,” Hugo said of the DMV fees. “The key thing is, there’s no tax increase.”

Here’s a link to the entire budget document.

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