Kaine's Proposed Budget

After days of hinting, Governor Tim Kaine has revealed his proposal for the Commonwealth in the form of his 2008-2010 budget plan.

This is at the proposal level, but first, he has a plan to deal with the current budget shortfall of $641 million.

Kaine plans to use $261 million from the Rainy Day Fund, then cut an additional $300 million, and use $96 million that has already been saved by government agencies.

As for the upcoming two-year budget, which would take effect in July, he wants to increase funding for education, health care initiatives, and mental health services. He wants to do all of this without raising taxes.

Kaine says, "In this budget, I have focused my primary attention on three critical services: health care access, mental health improvement and educational enhancement."

As a result of his plan, teachers and other state workers would not get a raise in 2008 and renewing a drivers license would cost $15 instead of $10.

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