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Delegate Lacey Putney, the House Appropriations Committee chairman, and Delegate William Howell (right), the House speaker, listen as Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell addresses a joint meeting of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees at the Capitol on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, in Richmond. The governor delivered his 2013 budget proposals to the committees. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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