Governor’s proposed budget restores many earlier COVID cuts

Governor’s proposed budget restores many earlier COVID cuts
Gov. Ralph Northam holding a press briefing in Richmond. (FILE) (Source: VPM)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT/AP) - Governor Northam addressed the Joint Money Committees of the General Assembly to share his proposed amendments to the 2020–2022 biennial budget. His proposals would restore Democratic priorities put on hold in the uncertain early days of the pandemic.

The Governor’s proposed budget provides funding for Virginia’s ongoing response to the COVID-19 pandemic, bolters the Commonwealth’s economic recovery and continues restoring the bold, progressive agenda advanced during the 2020 legislative session.

The Governor’s budget highlights his signature priorities by making key investments to support early childhood, K-12, and higher education, which includes:

  • Boost funding for HBCU’s
  • Increase access to quality
  • Affordable housing
  • Transform African American historical and cultural sites
  • Expand high-speed broadband
  • Reform the criminal justice system

The budget also funds Virginia’s aggressive pandemic response and ensures Virginians will have widespread access to the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available.

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