House cuts hit schools, health safety net

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The House of Delegates proposes a dire new state budget that will cut Medicaid funding and eligibility, increase school class sizes and cut public school funding.

The Appropriations Committee's spending blueprint through 2012 made public Sunday reflects many of the $2 billion in unprecedented cuts Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell suggested last week.

But it rejects his proposals for five annual employee furlough days, spares further cuts to colleges, kills a proposed out-of-pocket employee retirement contribution and provides a 2011 Christmas bonus.

The Senate Finance committee was expected to unveil a budget later Sunday that would cut less to public schools and to health care safety net programs.

The state faces a $4 billion revenue shortfall.

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