Budget of Virginia

"Three quarters of our general fund budget rests in education, Medicaid (which provides health and nursing home care to the poor and elderly), and public safety."
- State Senator John H. Chichester, president pro tem of the Virginia senate, in an August 5, 2003 speech to the Virginia Foundation for Research and Economic Education

When the governor and the General Assembly finish with the biennial (every two year...) budget process, they end up committing Virginia to spend about $25 billion each year. The priorities are to "educate, medicate, and incarcerate."

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