Kaine Budget Exaggeration?

House Republican leaders are accusing Governor Tim Kaine of exaggerating the state's budget woes and scaring the public for political ends.

With the election for all 140 General Assembly seats one month away, the partisan claims and counterclaims took on a more urgent tone Tuesday.

Republican House Speaker Bill Howell, retiring House Appropriations Committee Chairman Vince Callahan and others said they found $170 million the Democratic governor missed.

Howell said Kaine needlessly scared people with the prospect of cutting mental health services and home-delivered meals for the disabled and elderly if lawmakers don't tap the state's rainy day reserve fund.

Kaine spokeswoman Delacey Skinner says the Republicans didn't listen when Kaine disclosed his own savings earlier this month.


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