RICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Gov. Terry McAuliffe is warning Virginia lawmakers to brace for “tough decisions ahead” to address a roughly $1.5 billion budget shortfall. The Democratic governor told the General Assembly’s money committees Friday that budget woes are being driven by lower income and sales tax revenue collections than anticipated. The projected shortfall for the current-two year budget is $1.2 billion. That’s in addition to shortfall of about $280 million carried over from the budget year that ended June 30. McAuliffe said the state will fill some of the gap in the current fiscal first year with about $125 million that was supposed to cover raises for state employees, teachers and other state-supported workers. He proposed using another roughly $378 million from the state’s rainy-day fund; lawmakers would have to approve that.
As part of its 50th anniversary celebration Virginia Western Community College unveiled photo portraits of the four presidents that have been at the helm since it became the state’s first community college. Current president Dr. Bobby Sandel spoke before the unveiling this morning. Also on hand outside the Whitman Theater was Charles Downs, who ran the school for 20 years before Sandel came aboard in 2001. Sandel also mentioned a 60 million dollar expansion plan that will start this fall