VA Agencies Offer Millions in Contingent Cuts

Richmond, VA - Virginia state government agencies have sent Governor Bob McDonnell suggestions for cutting their spending by more than $132 million.

The cuts would be over the next 18 months and would help to balance the state budget.

After the presidential election, McDonnell cited the prospect of deep federal spending cuts without a congressional debt reduction deal and told department heads to prepare plans.

The largest cuts, nearly $53 million, are proposed to public safety.

Health and Human Resources proposes cuts of nearly $34 million.

But in many cases, the cuts would come to local governments.