Lawmakers Approve Budget, Close Session

By: Tim Saunders
By: Tim Saunders

The 2005 general assembly is over and lawmakers have signed off on a new budget. It took the General Assembly only a few minutes Sunday to approve revisions made Saturday. A stalemate between house and senate budget negotiators forced the legislative session to run a day longer than scheduled. The major sticking point was a proposed 5.5 million dollar tunnel between the capitol and the General Assembly Building. The budget includes a one-time payment of about $200,000,000 to eliminate the accelerated sales tax paid by retailers, $50,000,000 to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and $850,000,000 for transportation projects.

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