Virginia budget likely to stall in Senate

Democrats to seek changes in funding

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The Senate budget would also further reduce cuts in state aid to localities by up to $50 million in the next fiscal year, and the House would restore them by $70 million over the two-year period.

The House and the Senate each proposed 2 percent salary increases for state employees and a similar increase for faculty at higher-education institutions. The House has set aside a $42 million reserve fund to steel for potential revenue decreases, but if the state hits its projections, the raises for state employees would take effect.

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