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Gov. McAuliffe Releases Fiscal Wish List

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RICHMOND (WRIC) - Governor McAuliffe has revealed his fiscal wish list for the state's proposed two-year budget.

He wants lawmakers to give his office the authority to expand Medicaid if the panel charged with making the decision doesn't come to one by the end of this general assembly session.

He wants lawmakers to give his office the authority to expand Medicaid if the panel in charge of making the decision doesn't come to one by early march.

Governor McAuliffe is also proposing a million dollar increase for public safety funding so state police can buy more patrol cars.

He also wants to pump millions more into Virginia schools.

Governor McAuliffe is setting his priorities and enhancing education is on the list.

He hopes to do that by directing upwards of $30 million to state schools over the next two years.

$15 million would be added to a fund for construction, whether it be for new schools in thriving areas or renovations to out-dated ones.

Meg Gruber, president of the Virginia Education Association says she's also pleased the governor wants to add 10 million dollars to the teacher retirement contribution.

"It's really critical that we start giving that support to the localities," she says. "Up until now, almost all of that funding has had to come out of local dollars."

While she believes McAuliffe is headed in the right direction, Gruber says there's still more work to be done.

She's hoping other proposed amendments, like a salary raise for educators will come through.

"We got two percent last year, but that was only the first time since about 2008 so it's long overdue."

All of Governor McAuliffe's proposals must be approved by the General Assembly.

 

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