Budget Woes To Dominate VA Assembly In 2010 | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Budget Woes To Dominate VA Assembly In 2010

Play associated audio

By David Schultz

Senators and delegates from Fairfax County are holed up in a large auditorium as dozens of concerned citizens, one after another, after another, make requests.

The Fairfax delegations holds this "request-a-thon" every year before the session begins. Del. Dave Marsden, a Democrat from Burke, says this year is different.

"Mostly what people are asking for today is 'Please don't cut us any further,'" says Marsden. "They're not asking for additional resources."

That's because they're aware Virginia lawmakers must make $4 billion in budget cuts this year. Marsden and other lawmakers say the big, ongoing story for this year's session will be how those cuts are made.

The session begins this Wednesday in Richmond.

NPR

Herbie Hancock: 'On A Path To Find My Own Answer'

In a candid interview, the ever-innovative pianist traces the lines between Buddhist chants, Sly Stone and Miles Davis, while shedding new light on some hard facts about his past.
NPR

Glow-In-The-Dark Treats To Light Up Your Halloween

Two entrepreneurs have developed new tricks to make food that's literally illuminating, using ingredients that are as natural and unprocessed as possible. It's just basic food chemistry, folks.
NPR

Big-Spending Democrat Faces Off With Koch Brothers In Campaign Ads

Climate change activist Tom Steyer has become the single biggest supporter of Democrats this election. New FEC filings show he gave his NextGen Climate Action superPAC another $15 million. In ads, NextGen is tying candidates in six Senate races to the conservative billionaire Koch brothers.
NPR

Tweets In Hong Kong Puts Kenny G In Jam With Communist Party

The saxophone superstar, hugely popular in mainland China, walked into a mine field in Hong Kong. Selfies with demonstrators sparked a response from the government — and Kenny G took down the tweets.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.