McDonnell Says Most of Surplus Already Spoken For | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

McDonnell Says Most of Surplus Already Spoken For

Play associated audio

By Jonathan Wilson

Governor Bob McDonnell says most of Virginia's unexpected $404-million surplus has already been spoken for.

In an address to state lawmakers this morning, McDonnell said a lot of the surplus will go toward covering a pay bonus to 117,000 state workers, the Water Quality Improvement Fund and transportation.

Those obligations will account for $150 million.

McDonnell says he would like to reserve as much of the remaining balance for additional transportation efforts, and to repay millions of dollars the Generally Assembly took from the state's retirement system to prop up the current state budget.

David Englin, a Democratic delegate from Alexandria, says he's glad the governor intends to spend this money on dire unmet budget needs.

But Englin and other Democrats say the governor can't claim the money is a surplus when the general assembly just cut an additional $4 billion in state services.

NPR

Can Shows Like 'The McCarthys' Replace CBS' 'Thursday Night Football'?

Tonight marks the return of scripted programming on CBS after seven weeks of Thursday Night Football, including a new show, The McCarthys, that should have been left in the locker room.
NPR

Apps Aim To Guide You On 'Sustainable Food' (Whatever That Means)

Consumers who care about how their food is produced have a growing number of apps they can turn to at the supermarket. The problem? Nailing down just what sustainability means when it comes to food.
NPR

Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Described as a hard-nosed, old-school pragmatist, he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving office in January.
NPR

Moving Past The Password, But At What Cost?

Apps working with a new Twitter service would simply ask for your phone number instead of a password. In exchange, the company would get some of the most valuable information about you.

Leave a Comment

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