Virginia spending more on development deals, GOP scrutinizes

STATE-NEWSRICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ Republican lawmakers say it’s time for a comprehensive look at Virginia’s economic development spending as the state spends more on incentive programs aimed at luring companies to relocate or expand in the Old Dominion. A new report released Monday by the House Appropriations Committee shows that ongoing incentive programs have grown 84 percent since fiscal 2010. Both Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe and his GOP predecessor, Gov. Bob McDonnell, worked to develop new incentive programs and made economic development cornerstones of their administration. But several GOP lawmakers have suggested the state needs tighter controls on its economic development spending the wake of sour deal in the Lynchburg area.

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