Posted by Shawn Maclauchlan
RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - The state has an extra $152 million to "throw around" in the budget, and lawmakers at the General Assembly want to use it to restore pension payments.
The House appropriations and senate finance committees debuted their rival versions of state budget amendments Sunday.
The House chose to boost state worker pay to off-set higher retirement plan contributions.
The Senate chose instead to pay the full five percent of public employees' and teachers' share of their retirement.
The real test begins Tuesday during "crossover day" at the General Assembly - that's when lawmakers merge their versions, or kill them.