Think the Bickering is Over?

(Richmond-AP) - Despite a brightening state economy, some political tensions could surface this week in Richmond. The General Assembly returns Wednesday for a single-day reconvened session to consider Governor Mark Warner's amendments to the state's $60 billion state budget.

Some Republicans are likely to press their claim that day that a $1.4 billion tax increase was not needed, in view of rising state revenues.

The Warner administration and House Democrats say Republicans who opposed the tax package over the winter and spring can't claim they were snookered. They say the Republicans knew of the buoyant March and April tax collections.

One Democrat calls the GOP grumbling "sheer poppycock."

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