- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe released his proposed $109 billion two-year spending plan Thursday. Here are some notable items on his wish list:

- Millions in new spending for economic development, which has been the centerpiece of McAuliffe’s administration. That includes an additional $2 million for trade missions and $300,000 for opening up two new offices in Southeast Asia and the Middle East or North Africa to promote Virginia agriculture.

- $50,000 on a police tip line where citizens can call in to report violations of gun laws. The Democratic governor has been an ardent supporter of gun-control legislation, which the GOP-led General Assembly has blocked.

- $1.3 million to increase Internet bandwidth at Capitol Square, where the governor and state lawmakers work.

- Waive the $100 filing fee for businesses started by students enrolled in a public state university.

- $134,000 to help the town of Farmville host the 2016 vice presidential debates, which are scheduled to be held at Longwood University.

-$75,000 for the state to hire a nonprofit vendor that helps ex-offenders on probation get their drivers’ privileges restored.

-$1.2 million in new spending for the Governor’s Motion Picture Opportunity Fund, which provides grants to filmmakers working in Virginia.



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