Saturday, December 19, 2009;
Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine's $76.8 billion budget proposal would:
-- Increase income tax rates by 1 percent.
-- Double recording fees on land titles, from $10 to $20.
-- Increase the price of a bottle of liquor by 2 percent at state-owned liquor stores.
-- Eliminate the dealer discount, which allows retailers to retain a small part of the sales taxes they collect to cover the costs of administering the tax.
-- Reduce the state's government contributions to employee retirement plans.
-- Trim $357 million from K-12 education in part by capping the number of support staffers that schools can hire and reducing health insurance funding for faculty and staff.
-- Cut aid to colleges and universities by 26 percent during the next few years, a move likely to lead to tuition increases.
-- Shut two state mental health facilities.
-- Trim $270.5 million over the two years to sheriffs and local constitutional officers and $73 million to local police.
-- Eliminate 1,879 jobs and lay off 664 workers, many of them in the departments of transportation, corrections and juvenile justice.
Source: Governor's office