Gov. Terry McAuliffe is pushing the General Assembly to free up more money as the governor says he’s worried that President Donald Trump’s proposed budget will take a big toll on the Commonwealth’s economy.
McAuliffe’s push, though, may face a tough battle in the House with the GOP in control.
"I have said this man has been a one-man wrecking crew to the Virginia economy," McAuliffe said Tuesday in reference to Trump's budget proposal. "I'm concerned about his budgets and the cuts to nearly every department and agency we have in Virginia."
McAuliffe is especially fired up about possible cuts to funds that would restore the Chesapeake Bay.
"It is the largest estuary in the United States of America," said McAuliffe. "He's cut all of the funding for the Chesapeake Bay. That has to be one of the dumbest things I have ever heard."
He says there's also the federal hiring freeze and possible cuts to military spending for operations and maintenance.
"Virginia is the single largest recipient of defense dollars," said McAuliffe. "That alone in northern Virginia and Hampton Roads is going to cause a tremendous amount of pain for our citizens, plain and simple."
McAuliffe says extra money is needed to cope with issues from the president's budget proposal.
"I have proposed six amendments that raise revenue," said McAuliffe.
In a letter to the General Assembly McAuliffe says, "The budget you presented to me contained an unappropriated balance of $3.6 million. I believe that it is prudent to leave sufficient resources for unforeseen circumstances that may surface in the future."
The governor says money can be found by doing things like cutting the $10 million budget in half for the 2019 Jamestown-Yorktown Commemoration. That's one of the more than two dozen amendments that will be presented to the General Assembly. Other amendments also deal with more cyber and solar jobs.
NBC12 reached out to the House GOP leadership for a response, but have not yet heard back. Lawmakers are not expected to approve many of the governor's budget amendments when they return a week from Wednesday.
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