Governor Bob McDonnell received the first report from a task force charged with reviewing unfunded mandates on Monday in Richmond.
The Governor's Task Force for Local Mandate Review was created in September of 2011.
It's charge is to review state mandates and make recommendations on how they can be temporarily suspended or permanently repealed.
An unfunded mandate is any law passed by the state that the localities must follow but not funded by the state.
Unfunded education mandates continue to be a big point of contention for local leaders.
It's a sentiment the Governor said he understood at a press conference this morning.
"We spend as much money on education as any other area of the budget and we want to continue to invest in our young people but we want money going to the classroom and computers and to teachers and textbooks and things," McDonnell said. "What we don't need is to have more and more money going to overhead and bureacracy and administration."
An upcoming omnibus bill in the General Assembly calls for the elimination of 20 unfunded mandates on localities.
There's no estimate on how much money localities would save if that bill were passed.
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