- The Washington Times - Friday, June 9, 2006

12:40 p.m.

RICHMOND (AP) — Maybe a little maple syrup will sweeten the General Assembly’s budget negotiators.

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine invited the budget conferees to the Executive Mansion this morning for a breakfast of pancakes, eggs and sausage — as well as some conversation about their negotiations.

Delegate Philip A. Hamilton, Newport News Republican, said it was a cordial meeting.

Mr. Hamilton said the governor, a Democrat, didn’t lecture them about the importance of getting a budget deal before the fiscal year ends June 30.

According to Mr. Hamilton, the governor was in more of a listening mode. He said the lawmakers again reassured Mr. Kaine that they are committed to avoiding the constitutional crisis that would result from a failure to enact a new two-year spending plan.

Kaine spokesman Kevin Hall said the governor thought the meeting was productive.

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