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Topic - M. Kirkland Cox
Gov. Bob McDonnell is seeking 2 percent pay raises for public school teachers — their first in five years — provided Virginia lawmakers next month also make it easier for administrators to dismiss teachers deemed incompetent based on performance appraisals.
An amended Senate budget that provides $300 million in additional funds for the Dulles Metrorail project and millions more for K-12 and pre-K education passed the Senate Finance Committee unanimously Thursday, as Virginia's lingering budget stalemate took a step closer to resolution.
Gov. Bob McDonnell says he is becoming "increasingly concerned" with the lack of "substantive ideas" put forth by state Senate Democrats as legislators in both General Assembly chambers prepare to release their respective budget proposals Sunday.
Virginia House Minority Leader Ward L. Armstrong, whose Southside district was moved north to include parts of Prince William and Loudoun counties during redistricting this year, is among the most notable of the casualties of a process that has left some incumbents playing musical chairs in bids for re-election.
RICHMOND — Delegate David B. Albo is standing his ground in support of the "abusive driver" fees that the state started imposing against Virginia drivers in the summer, despite pressure from fellow lawmakers and Virginia residents to scrap the law.
"This is tough for this governor to come out with this kind of money in this budget," said Mr. Cox, a Colonial Heights Republican who retired this year after a 30-year teaching career and wields enormous clout in writing state budgets as the No. 2 ranking member of the House Appropriations Committee.
The House's Republican majority leader, Delegate M. Kirkland Cox, said finding $59 million in a budget as austere as the one Mr. McDonnell has prepared was difficult.