Kaine responds to budget deal

From NBC12 News

RICHMOND, VA (NBC12) - Virginia lawmakers have agreed to a $77 billion state budget.

The budget restores cuts to many core services that had been cut in Governor Tim Kaine's initial proposal.

Those services were spared by federal cash provided in Barack Obama's stimulus package.

The budget still is much smaller than it was last year, and Governor Kaine said he was thankful that both sides of the isle came together to get the job done.

"I am proud that even though these discussions are hard even though they have caused some pain, we've take significant dollars out of this budget without citizen uprising and you know, huge problems," he said. "To my way of thinking, we've done the best we can to protect our core services."

The Senate's 35-5 vote Saturday for the $77 billion budget made Virginia the first state to pass a budget containing federal stimulus money.

The House of Delegates had passed the budget on a 90-8 vote about an hour earlier, just ahead of the General Assembly's scheduled adjournment.

This budget ensures that session will end on time.

Out of the last eight legislative sessions, six have been extended.

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