Virginia agencies offer millions in contingent cuts

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Associated Press

Posted on November 30, 2012 at 6:42 PM

RICHMOND(AP) -- Virginia state government agencies have sent Gov. Bob McDonnell suggestions for cutting their spending by more than $132 million over the next 18 months should he need them to balance the state budget.
 
Shortly after the Nov. 6 election, McDonnell cited the prospect of deep federal spending cuts without a congressional debt reduction deal in ordering department heads to prepare contingencies for cuts of 4 percent.
 
He will consider them as he assembles budget amendments to present lawmakers in three weeks.
 
The largest cuts, nearly $53 million, are proposed to public safety. Health and Human Resources proposes cuts of nearly $34 million.
 
But in many cases, the cuts would come to local governments, forcing city councils and county boards of supervisors to make cuts or increase revenues.
 

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