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Virginia legislators will face no shortage of big-ticket budget battles when the General Assembly convenes Wednesday, with such perennially contested items as K-12 education and transportation topping the list. Yet the session is also expected to include an equally tough fight to increase mental health funding in Gov. Bob McDonnell's proposed two-year, $85 billion spending plan.
Virginia needs nearly $20 million to fund services recommended by a recent study for children's behavioral health across the state — a perennial problem complicated by the commonwealth's tight fiscal picture.