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Meanwhile, the new Democratic leadership in the Senate plans to increase the gas tax 5 cents over five years, to use $423 million out of the rainy day reserve and leave intact Mr. Kaine’s proposal to expand pre-kindergarten for 4-year-olds from low-income families.

“I believe that the Senate Democrats believe in the governor’s budget just as strongly as we believe you shouldn”t raid the rainy-day fund to pay for new programs and that you should cut school construction or raid the lottery profits to pay for new programs,” said Sen. William C. Wampler Jr., Bristol Republican.