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McDonnell outlines final state budget

Published On: Dec 16 2013 01:36:00 PM CST
VA Governor Bob McDonnell

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has outlined his spending priorities for a two-year state budget that's nearly $10 billion bigger than the previous one.

The Republican governor proposed millions in additional support for mental health, public education, public safety, water quality, prisoner re-entry programs this morning.

Revenue growth has helped push the budget to nearly $96 billion. The previous two-year budget was about $86 billion.

There are no tax or fee increases, and deposits to the state's so-called "rainy day" fund will bring it to $1 billion by 2016.

It's the last budget McDonnell will present to lawmakers before leaving office in January.