McDonnell submits amendments to state budget

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has added nearly $44 million in amendments to the state budget passed by the General Assembly last month.

McDonnell submitted the amendments before the Friday midnight deadline to make changes to the two-year, $85 billion budget.

As part of the proposed changes, McDonnell restored $19.5 million in economic development funding and preserved nearly $881 million in new funding for K-12 and higher education. He also proposed an additional $2.7 million in funding to recruit teachers in science, math and technology disciplines and to fully fund a third-grade reading program.

To pay for the amendments, the governor has proposed transferring an unused portion of a previous debt allocation to new capital project, transferring certain year-end balances, and spending cuts.

The governor's office said the amendments are scheduled to be posted on Monday in the Legislative Information System, which is managed by the Virginia General Assembly.

The General Assembly will reconvene May 14 to take up the governor's amendments.

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