Budget amendments outlined by Gov. Bob McDonnell for 2012-14 on Monday offer millions more in money for K-12 education, transportation and relief for local governments from the aid to commonwealth they have paid annually.
While all local officials and legislators interviewed on Monday think the priorities McDonnell is offering are the right ones, they wonder if the final budgeting will play out as the governor has proposed.
Del. Dickie Bell, R-Staunton, was in Richmond for the announcement of the McDonnell amendments that include redirecting $48.1 million in sales tax revenue to transportation and $58.8 million to fund the state portion of a 2 percent raise for SOQ-funded teachers