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McDonnell Says Most of Surplus Already Spoken For

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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.

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