How McDonnell's Proposed Budget May Impact the Valley

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BRIDGEWATER, Va. (WHSV) -- Gov. Bob McDonnell announced his state budget Monday which covers the next two fiscal years and totals almost $100 billion.

In that budget, he proposed additional funding for mental health initiatives, public education and prisoner reentry forms, among other programs.

David McQuilkin, a local political analyst, said transportation and education are two key issues that will make a difference locally.

He said the transportation money could help improve our roads and ultimately bring more local businesses and commercial activity into our area.

Regarding education, JMU is one of the biggest public universities in Virginia, so this budget increase would give the university more money to operate.

"JMU on the other hand, is going to look for significant advancements in what they have been getting. Building, but also new faculty, much like UVA. And, new programs which are going to be expensive in some respects to implement," said McQuilkin.

McQuilkin said there is no guarantee any of these changes will happen because McDonnell's governorship is coming to a close.

We will have to wait and see the long term impact of this budget once Terry McAuliffe comes into office next month, according to McQuilkin.


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