RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - State officials want to spend nearly $50-million in economic development, some even going back to job training and education.
"It all starts right now with getting the economy moving again and creating jobs," said Lt. Governor Bill Bolling of Virginia.
Monies will go to agencies like the tourism council, the Virginia film office, and development partners to lure new industries to Virginia which will in turn create jobs. But with the wounds still raw from major budget slashes to public school systems, and other areas, is this the right time for such a move?
"The truth is until we get the economy moving again and until we are able to turn the budget short falls into surpluses again, we're not going to have the resources that we need to invest in education, transportation, healthcare, public safety, mental health, or anything else for that matter," said Bolling.
While, some applaud efforts to boost the economy in the long-run -- they're more worried about the here and now, especially those in the construction industry.
"Many of our carpenters have been out of work more than 6 months, some of them longer than a year, a lot of our members are working in other areas menial jobs in order to maintain," said Ben Hebner of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Council of Carpenters.