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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's legacy is on the line as the General Assembly convenes Wednesday to take up initiatives that would plug money into the state's retirement system, its schools and its crumbling infrastructure while considering Republican-backed measures to streamline government and strengthen personal property laws.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell's Republican Governors Association hauled in a record $44.7 million last year, far outpacing the Democratic Governors Association's $20 million in the latest chapter of Mr. McDonnell's rivalry with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley.
Virginia undergraduates will pay an average of 7.9 percent more this year in tuition and mandatory fees to attend state public colleges, according to a state report released Monday.
Virginia's state-supported schools will lose about $194 million, or 13 percent to 15 percent of funding, under cuts proposed last week by Gov. Tim Kaine.