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In Virginia, the day after the Gov. Bob McDonnell delivered his State of the Commonwealth address, the leader of the state's most populous jurisdiction is delivering her own roundup of local accomplishments and goals.

Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova says though the county appears to be emerging from the economic downturn, nearly 30,000 residents are unable to find work and commercial property values continue to fall.

Bulova also says pay raises for county employees are unlikely, because an increase would push Fairfax's estimated $50 million shortfall for the next fiscal year to $100 million.

That's still less than half of the budget shortfall the county faced last year. But reaching consensus on where to find savings could be even more difficult in 2011, since every county supervisor is up for reelection in November.

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