Lawmakers have tentative agreement on Va. state budget

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Leaders in the Virginia House and Senate say they’ve come to an agreement on a proposed state budget that will include small raises for state employees and teachers. Lawmakers announced Monday that the proposed budget will restore $30 million for local governments that had previously been cut. Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe did not include across-the-board pay increases for state employees in the budget he proposed in December, but has said he supports them. Virginia’s budget situation has brightened in recent months due to higher-than-projected revenues and other factors, giving lawmakers more money to spend this session. The full General Assembly is expected to vote on the budget as early as Thursday.

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